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MEA urges caution due to danger of electric shocks in rainy season

Oct 20. 2020
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By THE NATION

The Metropolitan Electricity Authority (MEA) has advised people to beware of electric shocks during the rainy season, as thundershowers and floods could increase the risk.

Boonthin Aimyanyao, Occupational Health, Safety and Environment director at MEA, said that during the rainy season the risk of electrical shock becomes greater, and advised users to be more cautious.

“Electrical users must make sure that the power lines, main switch, breakers, ground lines and appliances in their home are in good condition and safe from water damage. Most importantly, avoid touching electrical appliances when your body is wet,” he said. “If the floodwater is about to enter your house, immediately turn off the main switch if you live in a one-storey house. If your house has two storeys, then release the breaker on the subcircuit of ground floor and outer building.”

“Rainy season is also a risky time for street food vendors who usually set up power lines and appliances in outdoor settings,” he added. “Make sure that the vending area is dry and high enough from flood that might occur and check the condition of power lines and electrical appliances before using them outdoor. Also, avoid placing powerlines on a steel structure that might get wet when it rains.”

To report damaged power lines or other electrical equipment, contact MEA branch offices or MEA Call Centre 1130, Twitter: @MEA_news, Line: MEA Connect, Facebook: @Metropolitan.Electricity.Authority or download the “MEA Smart Life” mobile app, available for both Android and iOS users at https://onelink.to/measmartlife.

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