The rainy season is a period marked with increased rainfall, thunderstorms, high winds and flood.
As a result of these, accidents often occur- especially since water is a good conductor of electricity
However, that informs the need for us to pay more attention to safety when dealing with electrical appliances this season.
Here are some few tips:
1 Stay away from power lines during a storm
It is advised that you stay at least 10 feet away from the line and anything touching it. The human body is a ready conductor of electricity.
The proper way to move away from the line is to shuffle away with small steps, keeping your feet together and on the ground at all times. This will minimize the potential for a strong electric shock. Electricity wants to move from a high voltage zone to a low voltage zone—and it could do that through your body.
Stay away from Flooded Areas:
It is advised that you stay indoors in the event of a storm but if you have to go out, it would be wise to avoid flooded areas. Especially those close to heavy electrical equipment.
Never leave Cut Wires astray:
If you have wires on the floor or lying on the road in your area, it will be wise to either get a DisCo official to reconnect or safely tuck away the wires before the event of a rainstorm. These wires may cause severe electrical hazards if they come in contact with water (provided current is flowing through the wire).
Avoid Outdoor Electrical tasks During Rainfall:
Avoid high altitude during rainfall, as that presents a real danger of being struck by lightning – especially when climbing poles. Never attempt electrical chores if you are not a trained engineer – but if you have to , avoid doing this under the rain.
Take caution when close to Water:
Never touch anything electrical with wet hands or bare feet, always use caution when operating electrical appliances near water sources and all appliances must be discarded immediately if they have been immersed in water.