The Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission (T&TEC) is reminding carnival band leaders to be careful of overhead lines to ensure a safe carnival.
The reminder comes as bands prepare to take to the streets over the two-day carnival celebrations on Monday 4 and Tuesday 5 March.
T&TEC has established a carnival safety hotline, which became operational on Monday 25 February, to facilitate reports on potential safety hazards, especially as they relate to overhead lines and poles.
Additionally, T&TEC says that its crews are checking the height of overhead lines, placing extra focus on security lighting at popular public carnival venues and will also be on the ground during Carnival Monday and Tuesday to lend further support on parade routes.
The carnival safety hotline will be available 24/7, until 7 am on Ash Wednesday, March 6.
It provides a direct link to T&TEC for bandleaders, masqueraders, DJs and members of the public who are involved in Carnival.
T&TEC is also advising the public to note the following tips to ensure safety during the carnival season.
Do not stand on top of trucks, you can make contact with overhead lines. Coming close to, or in contact with, overhead lines will endanger your life.
• Do not exceed 15 feet with vehicles. Vehicles that are over 15 feet from the ground (including equipment) can interfere with overhead lines.
• Do not use bamboo, wooden or metal rods to lift electricity lines to accommodate equipment on trucks. This could result in loss of life and damage electricity lines and equipment.
To report unsafe conditions call the T&TEC Hotlines at 743-4152 or 794- 4823 from February 25 at 7:00 a.m. to March 6 at 7:00 a.m. or 800-BULB (2852).
These lines are open 24/7.