Prevention is always the best course of action. With the temperature dropping and winds becoming more prevalent, it is critical to be aware of the dangers downed power lines pose.
One common explanation for a downed power line is that it was a result of an auto accident. A driver can lose control and hit a pole independently, or two vehicles colliding with one another can take out nearby structures. Either way, there are essential steps you need to take.
After a car accident, you want to call the police anyway so that they can create an official report. However, when a power line comes down as a result of the crash, it becomes even more important. The cops will send out the proper team to come out and make the site safer. The nearby area may be without power for a couple of hours, but you can help get it back up and running sooner by cooperating with authorities.
Remain in your car
As long as there is not an immediate threat of fire from your vehicle, the safest place for you in this situation is inside your car. You do not want to come into contact with any wires. The current can still run, and even if you drive over it, the current could run through you. In the event fire is a danger, then you need to walk through a safe path out of your vehicle. Do not come into contact with anything metal.
Do not try to move the power line
In an effort to help, you may want to move the downed power line out of the street. This is extremely dangerous, and you should never do it. The electricity can travel through objects other than metal, especially if they are wet. Keep your distance, and wait for the police to arrive.