Take a moment and watch the below clips, especially #3, after reading the following information. Please.
For whatever reason, there doesn’t appear to be much concern for the downed power lines. Even with the noise and sparking…
SIZE UP & THINK: Don’t get so narrowly focused on the fire where you aren’t paying attention to the big picture-and in this case, the power lines down. Size up is constant.
FIREFIGHTERS Have Been Killed By Electric Shock-Don’t Screw With or Ignore Electricity. Ever.
When you identify lines down, notify command (or dispatch) to respond the utility company personnel immediately-and then determine your “no-go no matter what” zone.
YOU face several possibilities of a deadly electric shock when operating at a scene. One of them is a “step potential,” and the other is a “touch potential.” In both cases, you are put in real danger of becoming a path for the electricity to move through one’s body and cause serious or fatal injuries.
The term potential, indicates a difference in voltage, and since electricity flows from higher voltage to lower voltage, a person whose body connects those two points will become the path for the current to flow. A step potential can injure or kill you by just walking toward or away from the point where an energized wire makes contact with the ground. As the electricity flows through the soil, which has resistance, the voltage dissipates the further it goes. By striding across the affected area, a Firefighter could have each foot in different voltage zones, and a fatal charge could travel up one leg and down the other to the area of the lesser voltage.
JUST. STAY. AWAY….and let EVERYONE on scene know about the risk through a “PRIORITY TRAFFIC” announcement.
1-WATCH THIS SHORT DUKE ENERGY TRAINING VIDEO:
2-WATCH THIS VIDEO WHERE A FIRE OFFICER LOSES PARTS OF HIS BODY:
3-WATCH THIS VIDEO OF THE WORKING HOUSE FIRE (FROM THIS WEEK) WHERE ESSENTIALLY EVERYTHING THE EXPERTS HAVE TAUGHT US ABOUT ELECTRICITY ON THE FIREGROUND…IS IGNORED:
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