With the recent heavy rainfall across the states in Nigeria, Electricity consumers should be more cautious of the danger of electrical hazards.
The rainy season, a period which is marked by increased rainfall, thunderstorms, high winds and flood, often results in an escalation of accidents in the electricity sector.
As we all know, water is a good conductor of electricity and it is important (especially during this rainy season) to pay more attention to safety when dealing with electrical appliances this season.
Here Are Some Electricity Safety Tips The Rainy Season
- Avoid Standing Under 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.
- Avoid Flooded Areas:
It is advised that you stay indoor in the event of a storm, but if you have t go out, it would be wise to avoid flooded areas. Especially flooded areas close to heavy electrical equipment.
- Do Not leave Cut Wires Un-Attended To:
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).
- Do Not Attempt Outdoor Electrical Chores During Rainfall:
You shouldn’t even attempt electrical chores at all if you are not a trained engineer, but if you have to, avoid doing this under the rain. Checking fuses should be left for periods where there is no possibility of moisture interfering with your work. Also, avoid high altitude during rainfall, as that presents a real danger of lighting strike, so climbing poles during a rainstorm is an absolute BAD IDEA.
- Make Sure Your Home Is Properly Grounded:
Earthing or Grounding involves connecting the metallic parts of electric machinery and devices to the earth plate or earth electrode (which is buried in the moisture earth) through a thick conductor wire (which has very low resistance) for safety purpose of minimizing electrocution. It is important that all houses are properly grounded to avoid lighting strikes which are very common during the rainy season.
- Be Very Careful of 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.