Friday 19 October, 2018

T&TEC gives safety tips to prevent shock, electrocution in floods

The Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission (T&TEC) is warning members of the public to take the necessary safety precautions to protect their lives and properties in light of heavy rainfall forecast to occur over the weekend.

That’s according to a statement issued by T&TEC Corporate Communications Manager Annabelle Brasnell, on Friday.

Brasnell said persons are urged to exercise extreme caution when walking or standing in flood waters as they could be at risk of shock or electrocution.

She said members of the public are strongly advised to turn off any electrical outlet or connection that has been or is likely to be breached by water.

She said this can be done by turning off the breaker switch for that individual outlet.

Brasnell said failure to do so increases the risk of shock or electrocution as water is a conductor for electricity and as such if there is electricity in the outlet or connection, any person standing in the water will be in danger.

She said similarly, standing on a wet surface and handling electrical equipment such as cords, power tools, plugs or outlets exposes you to the same danger.

Members of the public are therefore urged to take every precaution to protect themselves from life-threatening danger.

In case of an electricity emergency, persons are urged to call T&TEC’s 24-hour Call Centre at 800- BULB (2852) or make a report via the T&TEC mobile app.


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