Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu are facing rains, and here is how you can handle electricity safely.
Electricity and water are a dangerous combination, and using electrical appliances near water can be a matter of life and death. As reported in the Times of India, to help keep you and your family safe, the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation has issued a list of safety measures to be taken during the rainy season.
Here is what you should do:
1. Insist on electrical gadgets with an ISI mark. Don’t purchase devices without the standardisation, as their manufacturing standards cannot be trusted or determined.
2. Inspect your home’s electrical wiring regularly, and call an electrician to renew any wires that are deteriorating.
3. In case of snapped electricity conductors, inform the nearest Tamil Nadu Electricity Board Office, and don’t touch or go near them.
4. Special care should be taken when digging the ground near underground electric cables.
5. All electric installations with a connection load of 5 KW and above should have an Earth leakage protection device.
Here is a list of dont’s:
1. Don’t use an electric wire as a clothesline, or electric poles as support to pandals, or for displaying advertising, or for securing poultry/domestic animals.
2. Don’t get close to, or touch electric poles, and stay away from wires and fencing, especially during the rainy season. Stay away from fencing of electrical transformers/substations.
3. Do not carry out unauthorised electrical work, and try to save costs by using substandard methods, and don’t try to extend power without authorisation to other buildings. If you wish to construct a building near an electrical line, consult electricity board officials before you plan.
4. Do not park vehicles/trucks near transformer structures or overhead electrical lines, and carry out loading/unloading of materials.
5. Do not carry out any electrical repair work yourself, always call for a professional instead of risking your own life!
(Edited by Gayatri Mishra)