Energy Commission: Take Precautions to Avoid Electrical Hazards During and After Floods | Malaysia

A woman cleans things in her kitchen after the flood in Puchong, December 22, 2021. — Photo by Miera Zulyana

PUTRAJAYA, Dec. 22 – The Power Commission (ST) has advised the public to remain vigilant and take precautionary measures to avoid electrical hazards during floods.

The commission, in a statement today, also advised the public to avoid places with electric cables, especially at night, or places with downed electric cables to avoid electrocution.

“Do not touch fallen utility poles or broken cables during floods or rain. Never use them as a hanger,” the commission said.

Outside, ST urged the public to avoid flooded electrical substations or switches, and never move or repair fallen utility poles and broken cables.

“Report immediately to the appropriate authorities,” he said.

For people returning home after a flood, it is advisable to ensure that the main switch at the distribution board is “Off” before cleaning electrical appliances or wiring.

People are also reminded not to touch, cut or pull tree branches that fall on power lines as well as not to use electrical equipment submerged in water.

“The public should ensure that affected electrical appliances are checked, undamaged and completely dried before using them,” he said.

ST said that before turning on the main switch, all wiring and electrical equipment in the home should be checked by an ST-registered electrical contractor.

Those with questions can contact the Tenaga Nasional Bhd service line on 15454 for Peninsular Malaysia and the Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd (SESB) service line on 15454 for Celcom users in Sabah or 088-515000 for Digi and Maxis . — Bernama