See a downed power line? Stay away.

Always consider downed wires as energized and dangerous.

  • Stay at least 30 feet from the wire to stay safe
  • Call 911
  • Remember, electricity can travel through the ground, trees and other objects. Never move these objects or use another object to move a downed wire

If a power line falls on your vehicle:

  • Call 911 and stay inside your vehicle
  • Warn others not to touch the vehicle and ask them to call for help
  • Only exit the vehicle if you’re in immediate danger. When you do, jump away from your vehicle and try to land with both feet close together. Walk away by shuffling your feet
  • Once you’ve cleared the vehicle, don’t return until it’s determined to be safe by emergency responders and/or NIPSCO
  • Keep others away from your vehicle

If someone makes contact with a downed line, call 911. Don’t try to rescue them because you could become a victim yourself.


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Have an emergency?

Natural Gas: If you smell gas, think you have a gas leak, have carbon monoxide symptoms or have some other gas emergency situation, go outside and call 911 and then our emergency number 1-800-634-3524.
Electric: For any electric emergency, including a downed power line, power outage or other electric-related situation, please call 1-800-464-7726.