I just spoke to a communications company employee about some lines by my house. He told me certain communication lines may carry 200 volts. WOW
In all my fire department training I never heard a word about this. I feel as if I was denied need to know information.
We always stay on scene for down powerline until the power company is on scene. But I can not count the times we have left communication lines on the ground and never thought twice about it. I have even seen guys walk up roll them up and move them to the side. In the fall there is always some type of farm machinery knocking them down they are the lowest on the pole. How easy would that be start fire when left unattended and not called in.
We are taught power line safety and my thought has always been what if down the road a mile the phone line is caught up in power lines. Now with just knowing communication lines can be carring power also adds to my concern. We carry hot sticks on every truck but I don't want to bet my life on a hot stick.
Anything anyone can add would be helpful I have already contacted my captain and informed him but I would like to educate my dept on the dangers of communication lines. There will may be some hard to convince so all the knowledge I can gain will be helpful.
This is the phone lines by my house I was talking to the "Phone Guy" about. You can't really see how much the lines are deflected by the trees in the top two photos but you can see where it has cut into the trees in the bottom photos.