If your school bus contacts a power line, stay inside the cab. DO NOT EXIT. Call 911 and your electric cooperative for help and warn anyone nearby not to approach your school bus. Only exit the school bus after you are told by utility representatives that it is safe to do so.
Exiting a school bus that has contacted energized power lines can cause electrocution. The downed power lines could energize the school bus with electricity and, if you step out, you will become the electricity’s path to ground and could be killed by electric shock.
Save your local electric cooperative's phone number to your contact list.
If you MUST get out of a bus because of a fire, tuck your arms across your body and jump with your feet together as far as possible from the school bus so no part of your body touches the bus and the ground at the same time.
Move away from the bus with your feet together, either by hopping or shuffling, until you are at least 40 feet away. Electricity spreads through the ground in ripples. Keeping your feet together prevents one foot from stepping into a higher voltage zone than the other foot, which could cause electrocution.
When you are clear of the area, call for help and keep others away. DO NOT approach the school bus again until utility crews and emergency responders tell you it is safe.