Take safety precaution during flood, advises SEB

One of the submerged substations at SK Nanga Bawai, Kapit that has to be shut down due to flood.

KUCHING, Sept 14: Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB) advises the public, especially in flood affected areas throughout the state to practice safety precautions in order to avoid any untoward incident.

SEB in a statement today, said the company is closely monitoring the flood situation in the state due to recent heavy and continuous downpour.

“Sarawak Energy priority’s is to keep the public safe from electrical hazards and will take the necessary measures to ensure this.

“Sarawak Energy will switch off supply to substations and other facilities without prior notice during a flood or if the rising level of water is causing a dangerous situation, and power supply will only be restored when it is safe to do so,” it said.

A pole-mounted transformer at Sg Song is shut down as the fuse is submerged due to flood.

The utility provider also requested the public to follow safety precautions during heavy rains or rising waters levels to minimise the risks in the event of flood.

According to SEB, the safety precautions that should be taken are such as to turn off the home supply at the main switchboard at the earliest sign of rising waters, and move the electrical equipment to an elevated position or area above the anticipated flood level, before an occurrence of flood.

“While during the flood, avoid using electrical appliances, do not go near submerged electrical installations (electrical poles, substations, transformers), and if in a boat in a flooded area, be cautious of power lines as swollen rivers may elevate the water level closer to high tension lines.

“After the flood, beware and stay away from fallen electrical poles as they may still be live, do not attempt to operate electrical appliances if these have been submerged in flood waters as this may cause electrocution or fire, and engage a qualified electrician to inspect home or building wiring before turning on the main supply,” the statement added.

View of the submerged pole-mounted transformer.

For more information, contact Sarawak Energy’s 24-7 Customer Care Centre at 1300-88-3111 or email to customercare@sarawakenergy.com or download Sarawak Energy’s mobile app SEB cares, which is available on Google Play Store and Apple App Store for assistance. –DayakDaily.