By THE NATION
Phasuk Sampunnachote, MEA public relations director, said that insulators on power lines help insulate high voltage electricity as well as protect the lines against severe weather. “However, insulators can get dirty from dust and as a result accumulate heat that could cause electrical shock or damage to power lines,” she said.
“To ensure public safety, MEA has been cleaning insulators in metropolitan areas with high-pressure water jets, which is a modern technology that allows staff to work on hot line, also know as cleaning without cutting the power, to ensure seamless services to MEA customers,” said Phasuk. “The old method involved removing the insulators and taking them down to clean, which will require cutting power supply and usually takes more time.”
“MEA has a schedule to clean insulators in its responsible areas every 1-2 years, depending on the dust level that could accumulate on the insulators,” she added.
“If you witness damaged powerlines and other equipment, please contact all branch offices of MEA or MEA Call Centre 1130, Twitter: @MEA_news, Line: @meathailand, Facebook: @Metropolitan.Electricity.Authority or download the “MEA Smart Life” mobile app, available for both Android and iOS users.