To enhance public awareness on the danger of unsafe use or accidental contact with electricity, Kenya Power has partnered with the national government administration officers (NGAO).
According to a company statement, data indicates that the leading causes of electrocutions are; poor wiring at customer premises (24%), illegal connections (16%), structures and buildings near power lines (12%), and deliberate acts (9%).
The 10 leading Kenyan counties in cases of electrocutions are Nairobi, Nakuru, Kericho, Uasin Gishu, Siaya, Busia, Nyamira, Meru, Kirinyaga, and Kiambu. While Nakuru County accounts for most of the electrocutions across the country at 11% followed by Kiambu at 7%.
Through the partnership, the power company aims to educate the public on how to prevent electrical accidents and inform them of the channels for reporting accidents and unsafe situations in a timely manner.
The partnership with NGAO is part of a wider Public Safety Campaign that Kenya Power has launched to address rising cases of electrocutions.
“As an organisation, we have a legal and moral obligation to protect lives and we always aim to operate in a safe environment. To address the worrying trend in public electrocutions, we are kicking off a safety campaign to educate members of the public on the danger of unsafe use of electricity. We are confident that the partnership with NGAO and the media will enable us to adequately educate the public and consequently address the challenge of electrocutions,” said MD & CEO, Bernard Ngugi.
He was speaking at a public safety sensitisation workshop for administration officers organised by the Company that was held today at Stima Club in Nairobi. The meeting was also attended by representatives from the ministry of interior and coordination of national government, ministry of energy, the multi-sectoral agency consultative committee, and the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA).
Cognisant of the danger involved in electricity, Kenya Power says it aims to provide safe and reliable power supply to its customers to enable the country’s socio-economic development in a sustainable manner.
“We commit to ensure that all our operations are carried out in a manner that protects life, the environment and the community in general,” said Ngugi.