Powered with knowledge and training

By Brandi Bailey

January 24, 2014 Updated Jan 24, 2014 at 7:29 PM EDT

Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Police train for a multitude of intense situations, but the voltage really shot up during a training session with New York State Electric and Gas.

"On the electric side, when a storm comes along, when a vehicle hits a power pole. On the gas side when somebody digs into an underground facility, then things can go," NYSEG's spokesperson Clay Ellis said.

NYSEG demonstrated several incidents surrounding both gas and electricity on Friday.

"High wind during the winter time or an ice storm, a lot of power and cable lines down. It's important that the supervisors are aware of who they can contact and what the appropriate safe actions are going to be," Sgt. Ben Harting of the Broome County Sheriff's Office.

NYSEG cautions people to stay away from downed power lines and call 911 or NYSEG at the first odor or suspicion of gas.

Law officers pointed out that this is a different type of danger than they're used to. It's one that often doesn't show a threat until it's too late.

"That line could be energized and there's a lot of dangerous circumstances surrounding that so its important that our people can keep people away, remove themselves and other personnel from the situation," Harting said.

Safety and education are key to knowing how to handle gas and electricity.

NYSEG stresses that working with law enforcement will help keep everyone safe.

NYSEG cautions people at home to make sure they also have a Carbon Monoxide detector. It's a colorless and odorless gas that can be fatal if exposed to in high doses.

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