For Immediate Release
Contact: Drake Rice, 405-359-2500
Power Lines that Gallop
Galloping power lines may sound ridiculous, but they really do occur and can be very dangerous. These lines can bounce and buck enough to hit another line, damage themselves enough to cause a power outage, or even fall to the ground.
Once galloping starts, there is not much a power company can do to alleviate it until winds die down. This is why many power lines have objects, like twisted wire or round or angular pieces of metal attached to the line. These are devices placed on power lines to help reduce the galloping of lines and prevent potential danger.
If you encounter galloping lines, stay away, warn others to stay away, and contact your utility. In addition to the possibility of power outages, there is a danger of the lines or other electrical equipment breaking loose and falling and of ice being dislodged from the lines and falling to the ground.
Molly Hall, with SafeElectricity.org says, “Galloping lines aren’t the only danger that wind storms bring. Strong winds can knock down power lines and blow trees and limbs onto power lines, which can also cause power outages.”
Storms at any time of the year can pack damaging winds. The Safe Electricity program urges you to pay attention to and be aware of weather forecasts so that you can be prepared and not get caught off guard by a wind storm.
Safe Electricity also encourages you to keep the following safety tips in mind after a wind storm:
Make sure you have your storm preparedness kit ready in case of emergencies. Get more electrical safety information at SafeElectricity.org.
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