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Staying safe around downed wires

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(WBNG) Tuesday's storm brought winds and rain to the Twin Tiers. 12 News got to ride along with Sergeant Andy Eggleston of the Broome County Sheriff's Office as he was patroling the area. Thankfully no weather related incidents were reported, but it did have officials warning about the dangers the storm can bring.

Captain Kate Newcomb, of the Broome County Sheriff's Office, offered these tips when near a downed power line or cable:

  1. Assume it's a live wire, that it has power to it.
  2. Call 9-1-1.
  3. If in a vehicle, stay put. Do not try to drive over the line or around it in any way.
  4. Honk you horn or roll down windows to alert for help

If you are not in a vehicle, Newcomb says to keep you, your children and pets a far distance from it. Remember to treat it as if it has an electric current.

Broome County Emergency Services Director, Michael Ponticiello also added to be alert for trees during strong winds, and if one comes down also stay a safe distance from it.

"If the tree is just moving in the wind, your home is definitely the safest place to be," said Ponticiello.

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