As of 10 p.m. Oct. 29, there weren't any downed power lines in Stow or power outages — but it doesn't mean it won't happen with Hurricane Sandy sending 50 mph gusts of wind through town.
Fire Capt. Mark Stone said a downed power line is a very serious danger.
"People need to be aware that especially in conditions such as we are experiencing this week, wet saturated ground will conduct dangerous amounts of electricity which can travel through the ground great distances and severely injure or kill onlookers," he said.
Expect the rain to continue too. According to Aol Weather, the rain won't clear up in Stow until Friday.
As Hurricane Sandy continues to pound Northeast Ohio, a downed line isn't out of the question.
"Electricity has also been known to travel along guardrails and other manmade objects that bystanders may be touching," said Stone. "We cannot see electricity and therefore do not know if a downed line is energized or not. We must always assume that any downed power line is energized and dangerous."
If there is a downed power line, call 911 or contact First Energy: call 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877) in emergency situations.
Remember when a major power line fell near Macy's in January? People in and around Stow reported seeing a bright blue and green light in the sky. It turned out that because of high winds, three high voltage power lines fell and were arcing and jumping around.
According to the AEP Ohio website, if you are in a car that has come into contact with a power line the safest thing you can do is stay put and seek help; honk the horn, roll down your window and yell for help, use your mobile phone and make sure to tell passersby not to come near the vehicle.
Look at the attached .pdf from the AEP Ohio website about keeping a safe distance from fallen wires.
For even more information, Ready.gov is a website provided by FEMA to help citizens prepare for disasters and it has information on Hurricane Sandy.
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