Stay away from downed power lines

Westar Energy is urging residents to steer clear of downed power lines, even if they see someone touching one.

Westar spokesman Leonard Allen said people should call 1-800 LIGHT KS (1-800-544-4857) and 911 immediately if they come across a downed power line. Always assume a downed line is live, he said.

If you see someone touching a downed line, don’t try to rescue them. You could become a victim yourself. If a power line falls on your car while you’re in it, stay in your car and wait for help. You are safe as long as you remain inside. If you must exit the car, jump – being careful not to touch the car and ground at the same time.