Safety For Emergency Responders

Ensuring Safety at the Scene

Safety at the scene is your top priority, and with electricity there are no second chances. The following guidelines can help you ensure public safety, your team's safety, and your own personal safety at the scene.

Keep everyone away from downed power lines, including you

  • Secure the area. Be aware that there may be dangers you can't see such as a line concealed by foliage or a downed line a few spans away
  • Notice any metal objects such as fences and guardrails. They may have become energized from downed power lines
  • A downed line that is not sparking can still be live and cause electrocution
  • Assume that all downed lines, even phone or coaxial cable lines, are energized.These can become energized by a downed power line

Contact Appalachian Power immediately to report a downed wire

  • Only a power company employee or other trained professional can remove a power line. They have the proper equipment and knowledge of proper procedures
  • If a downed wire is in an area served by Appalachian Power your dispatcher should have a special phone number for use only in this type of emergency
  • If the dispatcher does not have the number, contact Appalachian Power's local Community Affairs representative to obtain it
  • Do not provide this phone number to the general public. If customers use it, it may be unavailable for future emergencies

When downed wires are touching a vehicle, it's usually best for the occupant to stay put

  • Wait until power company workers can stabilize the situation
  • If the occupant does need to leave the vehicle, advise them to remove loose items of clothing, put their feet together and jump clear of the vehicle, landing on both feet. Then shuffle or "bunny hop" away from the vehicle

Working with electricity requires specialized tools and equipment

  • Even if a tool or piece of equipment is made of non-conductive material, it may not be a sufficient weight or gauge to protect against electrocution
  • Tiny holes, oil or dirt, or even dampness can eliminate a tool's protective qualities
  • Let the power company employees work around the downed wires. They use materials and equipment that meet the safety requirements
Play Video

Safety For Emergency Responders

Order A DVD

More From APCO

Sign Up Now

Pay Online for Free with Paperless Billing

Use Online Form

Report Outages On Your Mobile Phone

Learn more

How We Restore Power

Learn the steps APCO takes to quickly and safely get the power back on

Find Out How

Save Energy. Save Money

Visit AEP.com
Use of this site constitutes acceptance of the AEP Terms and Conditions. View our Privacy Policy. © 1996-2015 American Electric Power. All Rights Reserved.

Privacy Policy for Appalachian Power, a unit of American Electric Power (AEP)

Scope

This Privacy Policy applies only to AppalachianPower.com

Other Websites in the AEP family of sites may be governed by their own privacy policies, appropriate to the uses and needs of each site. Throughout this site, we may provide links to resources and sites that are not part of AppalachianPower.com. This Privacy Policy does not apply to those resources and sites.

Consent

By using this site, you consent to the terms of this Privacy Policy. Whenever you submit information via this site, you agree to the collection, use, and disclosure of that information in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

Information Collected

  1. Passively collected information
    During your use of this site, we may collect anonymous information about your visit here through the use of server logs, cookies, scripts and other Web traffic tracking systems. This information is aggregated and used to improve our site through analysis of user activities on the site. This information is never combined with any of the personally identifiable information you may provide in your use of the features of this site.
  2. Personally identifiable information
    On certain pages of this site, you may be asked to provide information about yourself or your account with us, either to identify yourself to us or to request a service from us. In each case, we will inform you what information is provided at your option and what information is required to complete the transaction or activity you are engaged in. If you are unwilling to provide this required information, you will be unable to complete the requested transaction.

Use and disclosure of information

The information you provide to us will be used to respond to requests you may make for services. Some or all of this information may be added to your permanent account record and may be used for research purposes.

In addition, we may use elements of this information in the following situations:

  1. We may transfer the information to AEP’s affiliates and subsidiaries, unless such transfer is prohibited by law;
  2. We may transfer the information as part of a merger, consolidation, acquisition, divestiture or other corporate restructuring (including bankruptcy);
  3. We may make the information available to third parties who are providing the product, service or information that you have requested (but not your password);
  4. We may make such information available to third parties who are providing services to AEP (for example, providing the information to third parties performing computer-related services for AEP);
  5. We may use the information to communicate with you about products and services that may be of interest to you.
  6. We may disclose the information if we form a good-faith belief that disclosure of such information is necessary to investigate, prevent, or take action regarding any illegal activities or regarding interference with the operation of our site or violation of its terms of use; or
  7. We may disclose the information if we believe that disclosure is required by law or regulation or in response to a subpoena or other order of a court or other governmental agency.

Also, AEP reserves the right to share any aggregated information (i.e., non-personally identifiable information) with any third parties for any reason, unless prohibited by law.

We will not sell, rent or otherwise disclose the information we gather about you or your account to any third party, except as outlined in this Privacy Policy.

Security

AEP takes reasonable steps to protect your personally identifiable information as it is transferred to us, through the use of Web technologies such as the Secure Sockets Layer and others. However, no Internet transmission of information is ever completely secure or error-free. In particular, e-mail sent to or from AEP may not be secure.

How to Reach Us

If you would like to update your personally identifiable information or if you have questions about this privacy policy, please contact us.

Changes to This Policy

AEP reserves the right to change this Privacy Policy at any time. If this Privacy Policy changes, the revised policy will be posted to this site. Please review this Privacy Policy before you provide any personally identifiable information through this site. Use of our web site after the posting of a revised privacy policy constitutes your consent to the revised policy.

This policy was last revised on September 12, 2011.

Close ×

Inactivity Warning

Your session will expire in due to inactivity.

Continue using the site.

×

Session Expired

Your session has expired due to inactivity.

×

Loading video...

×

We're sorry. There was an error enrolling your account in paperless billing.

For more information, contact the Customer Operations Center at 800-956-4237

×

We're sorry. There was an error enrolling your account in paperless billing.

For more information, contact the Customer Operations Center at 800-956-4237

×

You already go online to do business with APCO. Try paperless billing and you can:

  • Pay your bills online for free
  • Help the environment by using less paper
  • Enjoy convenience -- get online access to all of your bills
×