Sarawak Energy advises the public to be wary of damaged power lines, polls

File photo of Sarawak Energy transmission structure.

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KUCHING, Nov 13: Members of the public are reminded to be cautious during stormy weather, as strong winds could cause electricity poles to break or fall.

Should there be any fallen power lines, the public should stay clear, as there is a possibility that these damaged electrical facilities may still be energised and hazardous to safety, Sarawak Energy Bhd said in a statement.

Should the public come across any incident, immediately contact its 24-hour Customer Care Centre at 1300 88 3111 or through SEB Cares mobile app, the state power company added.

Sarawak Energy will deploy its technical team to remove and replace the fallen electricity poles and power lines safely, it continued.

“While the technical team is on high alert for speedy restoration of supply to areas affected by damaged poles, public are advised to practice safety tips such as not touching it and keep at least 10m away from the site.

“Do not drive over fallen power lines and always assume every fallen power line is energised,” the statement said.

In a situation where power lines fall onto any vehicle, public are advised to remain inside the vehicle until help arrives and alert others to keep clear and not to touch the vehicle.

“If one must leave the vehicle due to other dangers such as fire, jump away from the vehicle with both feet on the ground at the same time. Always continue to keep your feet together on the ground by jumping away at least 10m from the site.

“Do not walk or run. A fallen line creates a voltage change on the ground surface, and movements such as walking or running near the lines could result in electrocution as electricity can travel through the body,” Sarawak Energy said. — DayakDaily