Quick Start Guide Electric Utilities


Downed Utility Lines: Ice Storms

Why Address This Issue? In many areas of North America, ice storms can cause extensive damage to overhead electric facilities. Ice loading and broken trees may damage the structures that support overhead power lines and bring energized conductors within the public’s reach. These weather events occur with little or no advance warning, so safety advisories must be disseminated during and after their onset. Public safety messages and training about the hazards of downed power lines associated with ice storms should be included in the broader topic of Downed Utility Lines (page 44), discussed earlier in this guide.


Developing a Public Safety Communications Program

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