SEB gives advice against power hazards


KUCHING: Sarawak Energy Bhd (SEB) has advised the public to take the necessary safety measures against electrical hazards in case of floods during the current wet season.

It cautioned that electrical appliances exposed to floodwaters can be dangerous if re-energised without proper reconditioning or replacement.

Moisture could also get into electrical insulation while floodwaters could be polluted with chemicals, sewage and other contaminants, it said, adding that these factors could affect the ability of electrical equipment to perform properly.

“If heavy rain is anticipated in your area, you should be prepared as electrical hazards are major safety risks during and after floods. Preparing for flood conditions and responding to them effectively can reduce the danger,” SEB said in a statement.

To ensure customer safety during floods, SEB’s subsidiary Syarikat Sesco Bhd will switch off electricity supply to affected areas without notice.

Power supply will be restored as soon as it is safe to do so.

SEB also said the public could take steps to ensure their safety before, during and after floods to mitigate the risk of electrocution or fire.

In areas where immediate flooding is anticipated, it advised the public to switch off all electrical power by turning off the main switchboard and to move electrical equipment to floors or areas above the anticipated flood level where possible.

“For removal of fixed electrical appliances such as electric motor, fan and other heavy machinery when necessary, engage a licensed contractor for safety reasons.

“It is important to be well prepared to face pre- and post-flood situations. Always have flashlights and batteries ready as floods may occur at night,” it said.

During floods, SEB said, no attempts should be made to turn off the main power switch once water has entered the building.

It advised people not to enter flooded basements or buildings which may have energised electrical wiring or appliances and not to touch damp walls.

“Do not go near or interfere with Sesco’s electrical installations which are submerged or affected by floodwaters. If you are in a boat in a flooded area, avoid power lines as the water level may cause the boat to be too close to the wires for safety. It is not advisable to travel by boat at night or when you cannot see the location of power lines clearly.”

Customers can seek the service of a Sesco-registered electrical contractor if the main switchboard or internal wiring was affected by floods.

They can also call SEB’s 24-hour customer care centre at 1-300-88-3111 or email customercare@sarawakenergy.com.my for help.

SEB also said electrical hazards could exist after floodwaters had receded as the interior structure of buildings could have been soaked.

As such, it said, people should exercise extreme caution when returning to their homes or business premises after a flood.

“Stay clear of anything that could conduct an electric current, such as metal pipes, metal ladders and even damp wood. Do not assume that any part of a flooded electrical installation or appliance is safe.

“When an electrical appliance or installation has been in contact with water, switching it on will pose the risk of electrocution or fire,” it said.

If the main switch was not turned off prior to evacuation, SEB advised people not to enter the building until a qualified electrician had determined that it was safe to do so.

Customers can seek the service of a Sesco-registered electrical contractor if the main switchboard or internal wiring was affected by floods.

They can also call SEB’s 24-hour customer care centre at 1-300-88-3111 or email customercare@sarawakenergy.com.my for help.

Sesco’s local offices can be contacted as follows: Sri Aman (083-321 486), Saratok (083-435 003), Pusa (083-466 311), Sarikei (084-654 242), Betong (083-472 102/011-154 41035), Sibu (084-334 566), Mukah (019-817 7074), Kapit (084-796 020 019-859 5499), Bintulu (086-331 151), Miri (085-661 111), Limbang (085-212 079) and Lawas (085-283 405).

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