Power line safety

A downed power line is always an emergency.

Always assume that downed or damaged power lines are live, even if they’re not sparking or making any sound.

If you come across a downed or damaged line, follow these steps:

  1. Stay back at least 10 metres (33 feet). That’s about the length of a city bus.
  2. Dial 911 and let them know that a power line has fallen or is damaged.
  3. Keep others in the vicinity at least a bus-length away.


Read more from BC Hydro.

Down Danger Dial
Bowen Island Fire Rescue providing a safety area around a downed power line taken down by a fallen tree.