Southeast Michigan power outages: What to do if you see a downed wire
DETROIT (FOX 2) - Wednesday's ice storm brought down power lines across Southeast Michigan, leading to power outages and creating dangerous situations for people and pets.
If there is an emergency, such as a fire or you see a power line on an unoccupied car, first call 911 then call the power company. DTE Energy can be reached at 800-477-4747. Consumers Energy can be reached at 800-477-5050.
Treat all wires as live, even if you don't think they are.
For non-emergency situations, you can report the wire to DTE online here.
Stay at least 20 feet from the wires. Do not touch the power lines or use an object to touch them. Do not drive over downed wires. Also, avoid touching anything the wire touches, such as a fence or a puddle.
Check the latest power outage numbers here.
Be sure to keep pets and children away from the lines, too.
If you are inside your vehicle and a wire falls on it, DTE says to stay inside and call 911.
However, if you must get out of the vehicle, DTE advises removing loose clothing, and getting out without touching the frame. Jump with your feet together to avoid touching the vehicle and ground at the same time. Do not remove your feet until you are at least 20 feet away from the vehicle.