Downed Power Lines

  • Never touch or approach a downed power line or try to move one with any type of object. Moving power lines is extremely dangerous, and could result in serious injury or death.

  • Keep your feet together.

  • Hold your arms tightly at your sides.

  • Jump clear without touching the vehicle and ground at the same time.

  • With feet together, shuffle or hop away from the downed line and vehicle.

  • If your vehicle comes in contact with downed power lines: Stay where you are, if at all possible. It may be dangerous to exit from the vehicle.

  • If you can safely back the vehicle away from contact with the lines, do so.

  • Warn others to stay at least 10m clear of the power lines.

  • Have someone contact Kenya Power to de-energize the lines.

  • As a last resort – if it is necessary to leave the vehicle, it is important not to simply step out of the vehicle one foot at a time as your body will make a path for electricity to ground.

  • Report downed lines to Kenya Power immediately at 95551.

  • Never contact or approach trees in contact with power lines.

  • Treat all downed lines as if they were energized. Stay at least 10m away from them and anything that they touch including puddles of water and fences.?

  • Keep children inside and pets on a leash to prevent electric shock or electrocution.

  • Never attempt to repair damaged power lines or remove tree limbs from power lines.

  • If you see crews working on power lines, try to avoid their work area