Akron, Ohio As clean up continues from last week's severe storm, Mon Power reminds customers about the hazards associated with downed power lines.
Thousands of downed lines have been reported in the Mon Power service area following the recent storms, during which wind speeds reached 70 mph. Many of the wires became entangled in tree debris and were not easily visible. Mon Power crews assisted by other FirstEnergy personnel and outside contractors and crews are working with local police
and fire departments to respond to downed wire reports as quickly as possible.
Customers are cautioned to never touch a line that is on the ground or hanging from a utility pole. Touching a live power line has the potential to cause a serious electrical shock
resulting in injury or death, and downed lines may be energized or reenergized at any time, without warning.
Always keep children and pets away from downed wires, and never attempt to remove trees or limbs from power lines, as they could conduct electricity. If a downed line is near
water, keep far away. Customers are cautioned to never drive over downed wires, and stay away from downed lines that are in contact with vehicles.
Downed wires should be reported immediately by calling FirstEnergy's automated reporting line at 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877), or by calling the local police or fire department.