If powerlines are on or near your vehicle - Stay. Call. Wait.

Published: 28 Jan 2021 2:39pm

Ergon Energy is urging Queenslanders to take care and stay line aware after a spate of potentially deadly incidents involving vehicles hitting power poles in the north of the state.

EGM Operations Paul Jordon said crews had to respond to at least four events over the weekend where a vehicle had hit a pole and brought down wires.

“Any one of these situations could have been deadly, Paul said.

“That’s why we are reminding people to stay in their vehicle and call 000 if they are in a situation where powerlines are on or near their vehicle as there’s a probability the outside could be live.”

“The best advice is to always Stay. Call. Wait. – stay in the vehicle, call 000 and wait for Ergon Energy crews to turn the power off and make the scene safe.”

“In the unlikely event that a vehicle catches fire, jump from it being very careful not to touch the car and ground at the same time, then hop or shuffle away for at least 10m making sure that both feet remain together and in contact with the ground at all times.”

Bystanders also need to be extremely cautious about how they can help at a crash scene.

“If there’s any possibility electrical equipment is involved, stay at least 10 metres away – it’s not just the vehicle that can be live, but also the ground around it. Call 000, and our crews and emergency personnel will be there ASAP.”

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