BELCO advisory on downed utility pole, please attribute to Shelly Leman, Managing Director Transmission Distribution & Retail
“At approximately 1:30 pm on Thursday July 15th Bermuda Electric Light Company (BELCO) received a report of an accident on North Shore Road to the west of C Mart which resulted in a broken pole and downed wires.
The initial report was that a delivery truck had become entangled in telecommunication cables which resulted in the pole breaking and utility lines landing on a nearby private car. BELCO crews were dispatched and ensured that the de-energized lines were safely removed from the car. There were no injuries reported and no damage to the vehicle. The downed pole resulted in a power outage that initially affected approximately 575 customers.
BELCO crews re-routed power to restore electricity to 415 customers with approximately 160 customers remaining without power at 5 pm as work continued to replace the damaged pole and reattache all lines.
As a reminder, if a member of the public ever comes across a downed power line, which can pose extreme danger, they should always assume the downed line is energized and dangerous and stay at least 35 feet away. If a person is in a car and wires fall on the car they should stay in the car until a BELCO employee arrives and advises them it is safe to exit the car.
Do not run from a fallen line. Running may cause your legs to bridge current from a higher to lower voltage and you may receive a shock. Instead, keep your legs together and shuffle away with both feet on the ground. Shuffle a safe distance (35 feet or more) away from the downed line and other utility poles.”
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