Sunday 26 May, 2019

Band leaders reminded: Watch out for overhead lines

Carnival band leaders are being reminded to exercise caution around overhead lines.

The Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission (T&TEC) issued the reminder ahead of Carnival which takes place on Monday 4 and Tuesday 5 March this year.

T&TEC advised that it has established its Carnival safety hotline which will become operational next Monday.

Persons will be able to call in reports to the Commission on potential safety hazards, especially as they relate to overhead lines and poles.

The height of overhead lines is currently being checked by T&TEC crews, with extra focus being placed on security lighting at popular public carnival venues. Crews will also be on the  ground  during  Carnival  Monday  and  Tuesday  celebrations to  lend  further  support  on  parade routes.

The carnival safety hotline will be available 24/7, until 7 am on Ash Wednesday, March 6. To report unsafe conditions call the T&TEC Hotlines at 743-4152 or 794-4823 from February 25 at 7 am to March 6 at 7 am or 800-BULB (2852). 

Callers will have a direct link to T&TEC for bandleaders, masqueraders, DJs and members of the public who are involved in Carnival.

The public is further reminded of these guidelines to ensure a safe Carnival season:

1. Do not stand on top of trucks, you can make contact with overhead lines. Coming close to, or in contact with, overhead lines will endanger your life.

2. Do not exceed 15 feet with vehicles. Vehicles that are over 15 feet from the ground (including equipment) can interfere with overhead lines.

3. Do  not  use  bamboo,  wooden  or  metal  rods  to  lift  electricity  lines  to accommodate  equipment  on  trucks.  This could result in loss of life and damage electricity lines and equipment.

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