T&TEC warns of dangers of electrocution during floods

The Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission (T&TEC) is advising citizens of steps they should take to avoid electrocution during flooding throughout the rainy season.

T&TEC issued guidelines via a media statement on Friday.

"In light of recent heavy rains and subsequent flooding, and the expected reoccurrence during the rest of the rainy season, the Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission (T&TEC) is reminding persons to take the necessary safety precautions to protect their lives and properties.

Persons should exercise extreme caution when walking/ standing in flood waters as they could be at risk for shock or electrocution.

Members of the public are strongly advised to turn off any electrical outlet or connection that has been or is likely to be breached by water.

This can be done by turning off the breaker switch for that individual outlet.

To not do so increases the risk of shock/ electrocution, as water is a conductor for electricity and if there is electricity in the outlet/connection any person standing in the water will be in danger.

Similarly, standing on a wet surface and handling electrical equipment such as cords, power tools, plugs, outlets exposes you to the same danger.

Members of the public are therefore urged to be extremely cautious and take every precaution to protect themselves from the life-threatening danger.

In case of an electricity emergency, please call T&TEC’s 24-hour Call Centre at 800- BULB (2852) or make a report via the T&TEC mobile app."

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