Downed power lines
If you encounter a downed power line, move a safe distance away and always assume that it is energized. While some energized wires spark and snap, others may not appear dangerous. Also, avoid floodwaters that can hide energized power lines and other hazards, or put you at risk of drowning. Download our Power Line Safety brochure.
If you see downed power lines:
- In case of emergency, call 911 or Tampa Electric at 877-588-1010. Avoid touching lines or anyone in contact with lines.
- Notify the utility immediately of the downed line or exposed cable location.
- Assume lines are energized – move and stay a safe distance away!
- Never drive over downed power lines.
Never trim trees around power lines
Only qualified tree contractors should trim trees around power lines. Report tree limbs that may interfere with electric service. In addition to making tree safety around power lines a top priority, we encourage you to download this handy brochure and follow these guidelines:
- Overhead/underground line clearance. Overhead power lines on or near your property can interact with trees, causing power surges and other potential risks. Underground cables can also come into contact with the root systems of trees. Don't plant shrubs or flowers around electric transformers, which are located on the ground in a metal box on a concrete or plastic base.
- Refer to our tree planting & safety guide to learn how the right trees – planted and maintained safely – can help make our community beautiful.
- Digging can be dangerous. Safety is the most important thing to remember when working with trees large and small. Be sure to call 811 before you dig on your property to plant or move a tree.
- Watch your antenna. Install TV, satellite or radio antennas away from power lines – at least the height of the antenna plus an extra ten feet.
- Play it safe. Educate your children about electrical safety and make them aware of overhead power lines. If your kids plan to fly a kite, make sure they're in an open field away from electrical lines. Wet and dirty kite strings can conduct electricity.