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Outside safety

(Photograph: Westar uses a "hot trailer" to demonstrate power line safety)

Overhead power lines

  • Keep all objects away from power lines. This includes (but not limited to) tools, ladders, poles, farm equipment, kites, antennas, and tree branches. If a branch or any object comes in contact with a power line, do not attempt to remove it! For your safety, please contact us.
  • No person, not even tree trimmers or contractors, should come within 10 feet of a power line. Keep a 10-foot clearance in all directions for both you and materials.
  • If a branch or any object comes in contact with a power line, Do not attempt to remove it!
  • If tree trimming work needs to be done, Westar can temporarily remove the service line (at no cost) so trimming can be performed. When the work is complete, Westar will reconnect service. Debris left by the professional is the responsibility of the tree company/property owner. Temporarily disconnecting service is much safer than pruning around an energized service line. To schedule, call 800-383-1183.

Electricity and water don't mix

  • Never use electric tools if your hands or feet are wet or if you are standing on damp ground.
  • Position swimming pools (in and above ground), diving platforms and slides away from overhead lines. Don’t forget to avoid overhead lines when using a pool skimmer!

Don't stick around downed power lines

  • If a power line is down, call 911 and Westar at 800-383-1183 as soon as possible.
  • Don’t touch the line, always assume it is live.
  • Don’t try to rescue someone touching a downed line, you could likely be injured, too.

Know locations of underground power lines – Always call before you dig.

In many areas, Westar Energy power lines are buried underground. Before digging, planting trees, setting fence posts or excavation, visit Kansas One-Call or call 811. Westar Energy underground power line locations will be marked at no charge, please give two-days notice.

Plan before you plant

Remember, that little tree you plant now will someday grow to be a giant and could interfere with overhead power lines. Make sure to plant the right tree in the right place.

Transformers and electrical cabinets

In some areas, transformers and electrical cabinets are mounted at or near ground level. These should be handled only by professional utility service personnel. If you notice evidence of tampering or unsecured transformers or electrical cabinets, notify us immediately.

Utility poles and substations

For your safety, consider utility poles and electric substations “off-limits.” Notify us if you see evidence of tampering or unsecured substations.

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