Pub­lic re­minded to be aware of elec­tri­cal haz­ards dur­ing floods

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KUCHING: Sarawak En­ergy’s re­tail and op­er­a­tions arm Sesco re­minded mem­bers of the pub­lic to be cau­tious in re­gards to elec­tri­cal safety with the re­cent weather con­di­tions of per­sis­tent rain­fall through­out the state.

Ac­cord­ing to a press state­ment, Sesco will switch off elec­tric­ity sup­ply to af­fected sub­sta­tions with­out no­tice in a flood sit­u­a­tion or if wa­ter reaches dan­ger lev­els, in the in­ter­est of pub­lic safety. Power sup­ply will be re­stored as soon as it is safe to do so.

The fol­low­ing safety pre­cau­tions should be taken dur­ing the cur­rent rainy con­di­tions, as elec­tri­cal haz­ards pose ma­jor safety risks dur­ing flood­ing. Be­fore a flood

Move elec­tri­cal equip­ment to floors or ar­eas above the an­tic­i­pated flood level at the ear­li­est sign of ris­ing flood wa­ters. Dur­ing a flood

Avoid us­ing elec­tri­cal ap­pli­ances.

One of the ba­sic but most cru­cial steps to take when flood­ing oc­curs is to switch off all elec­tri­cal power by turn­ing off the main switchboard.

Once wa­ter has en­tered the build­ing and if the main power switch was not turned off, mem­bers of the pub­lic must not at­tempt to turn it off.

Do not go near Sesco elec­tri­cal in­stal­la­tions which are sub­merged or af­fected by flood wa­ter.

Par­ents are ad­vised to mon­i­tor their chil­dren, es­pe­cially when play­ing in flood­wa­ter, to en­sure they do not ap­proach or go near snapped elec­tri­cal wires as they might still con­duct elec­tric­ity.

When boat­ing in a flooded area, be ex­tra cau­tious of low hang­ing power lines. Af­ter a flood

When an elec­tri­cal ap­pli­ance or in­stal­la­tion has been sub­merged in wa­ter, it should not be switched on even af­ter flood­wa­ters re­cede for there are risks of elec­tro­cu­tion or fire.

Be­fore switch­ing the main sup­ply back on, mem­bers of the pub­lic are ad­vised to have a qual­i­fied elec­tri­cian to in­spect all wiring and ap­pli­ances. For more life­sav­ing elec­tri­cal safety tips, Sarawak En­ergy has pre­pared an elec­tri­cal safety mes­sage which is avail­able on its cor­po­rate web­site at www. sarawak­en­ my. The com­pany can also be fol­lowed on Twit­ter for up­dates via @ 1sarawak­en­ergy.

Cus­tomers may seek more in­for­ma­tion by call­ing Sarawak En­ergy’s Cus­tomer Care Cen­tre which op­er­ates 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 1300 88 3111 or through Sarawak En­ergy’s ‘SEB Cares’ Mo­bile App which is avail­able for down­load at Ap­ple’s App Store for iOS and Google’s Play Store for An­droid. Safety is Sarawak En­ergy’s top pri­or­ity and the com­pany ap­pre­ci­ates the pub­lic’s un­der­stand­ing, pa­tience and co­op­er­a­tion.

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