Fallen powerlines - stay away stay alive

Storms, strong winds, falling trees and vehicle accidents can bring overhead powerlines crashing to the ground.

Fallen powerlines are dangerous and should not be touched or approached under any circumstances.

Always assume that wires are live and capable of killing people.

Fallen powerlines - keep your distance

If you find powerlines on the ground:

  • Keep well clear of any fallen powerlines
  • Phone the TasNetworks Fault Centre on 132 004 or emergency services on 000 for help immediately

Be aware any object in contact with powerlines could be live. The area is more dangerous in wet conditions as water is an excellent conductor. And remember: any metallic objects, including fences will be electrified if they touch or are even close to a live fallen powerline. Even a tree branch can be a potential conductor of electricity if it is in contact with a live wire.

When a vehicle collides with a power pole:

  • Occupants should stay in the vehicle until help arrives if the powerline is in contact with the vehicle
  • No-one should touch or approach the vehicle
  • Phone emergency services immediately on 000 or TasNetworks on 132 004

If you believe your life is threatened by staying in the vehicle:

  1. Open the door
  2. Avoid touching the ground and the car at the same time
  3. Jump clear, landing with both feet together
  4. Shuffle or make small jumps with feet constantly together until you’re at least 10m from the vehicle