As you approach a downed power line, look for the ends of the line. They may be hidden by objects or foliage. Downed lines may energize objects, so also look for anything they may be contacting, such as fences, vehicles, trees, utility poles and other wires.
Be alert for multiple hazards. If there is one power line down, there may be others. Don’t let the most obvious hazard distract you from other potential hazards in the area.
Watch out for downed lines contacting metal fences. If a downed power line energizes a metal fence, the fence can conduct that electricity a long way from the incident scene.