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Utility officials warn of the dangers of down power lines

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"I just got in the chair, and the power went out," said Earnest Williams. "I just got in the chair, and the power went out," said Earnest Williams.
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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

The terrible accident of the Florence utility worker only emphasizes what you've heard time and time again. Don't touch a downed power line. Utility crews say don't even go near it.

Utility crews have dangerous jobs, without a doubt, but it's an important one too. We all need power, and that includes local businesses. One local barber shop, for example, was in the dark for hours.

"I just got in the chair, and the power went out," said Earnest Williams.

It was a long wait for a quick cut. No power meant to no electric razors, and very few clients. Crews worked outside all day to get the power back on for folks like Williams.

"It's instinctive to go out there and start addressing whatever damage you've incurred," said Huntsville Utilities Spokesperson Joe Gehrdes.

When it came to down power lines, Gehrdes said leave that up to the professionals. He said most accidents are preventable, and if you see a down line, call your provider, stay inside, and wait.

"Those wires could be line up until the time the crews arrive on scene," continued Gehrdes. "You don't have to get very close. There is enough voltage pumping through that line where you could very easily be electrocuted or killed."

Crews worked around the clock for days, going pole by pole fixing what the storm left behind. That way, businesses like World Class Barbers can reopen, and people like Williams can leave with a smile.

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