Public reminded to be aware of electrical hazards during floods
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. sarawakenergy.com. 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.