SEB: Supply to substations will be switched off during rising water if required

KUCHING, FEB 8: To maintain public safety, Sarawak Energy’s operational arm SESCO will switch off electricity supply to substations in flood affected areas if the water reaches dangerous levels.

“Electricity supply to any affected areas will be switched off without notice if required, and
power supply will be restored when it is safe to do so,” said Sarawak Energy in a press statement today.

It also reminded members of the public in flood prone areas to be mindful of electrical safety at all times.

If a flood is expected to occur, members of the public are advised to move electrical equipment to floors or areas above the anticipated flood level at the earliest sign of rising flood waters.

During a flood, the use of electrical appliances should be avoided.

“One of the basic but most crucial steps to take when flooding occurs is to switch off all electrical power by turning off the main switchboard.

“Once water has entered the building and if the main power switch is not turned off, members of the public must not attempt to turn it off,” said Sarawak Energy.

“Do not go near SESCO electrical installations which are submerged or affected by flood water. Parents are advised to monitor their children, especially when playing in flood water, to ensure they do not approach or go near snapped electrical wires that might still conduct electricity.”

Those who are boating in a flooded area are advised to be extra-cautious of low hanging power lines

After a flood, if an electrical appliance or installation has been submerged in water, it should not be switched on even after flood water recedes for there are risks of electrocution or fire.

Before switching back on the main supply, the public are advised to have a qualified electrician to inspect all wiring and appliances.

For more electrical safety tips, visit The public can also get updates on Twitter via @1sarawakenergy and SEB cares.

Customers may seek more information by calling Sarawak Energy’s Customer Care Centre which operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1300 88 3111. — DayakDaily