Electrical safety during floods - Energy Commission

PUTRAJAYA, Dec 3 -- The Energy Commission (ST) has advised the public to stay alert and to take precautionary measures to avert electrical hazards during floods.

The commission, in a statement today said that if their premises were affected by floods, consumers had to make sure the main switch was kept switched off and disconnected all electrical appliances to prevent the possibility of electrocution.

“Keep all electrical appliances in a high place and safe from the flood waters,” it said.

“In the event of a flood, it would be best to avoid areas with electrical poles and cables at night as visibility is poor,” it said, adding that the public should avoid places with fallen electric poles or cables to avoid electrocution.

When outdoors, people should avoid places such as flooded sub-stations and to immediately notify the relevant parties if they found fallen electric poles and exposed cables, it added.

In the aftermath of the floods, the commission also advised the public to be cautious at all times when it comes to areas where there were electrical installations affected by floods as they were potentially hazardous as it could cause electrocution.

In addition, all electrical appliances affected by the flood must be fully dried, checked and tested first to ensure that they were in good condition to avoid hazardous situation.

It also said that before turning the main switch back on, the user should check all home wiring and appliances first and this process must be carried out by the electricians registered with the commission.



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