Noticing a rise in the number of electrocutions and injuries during the monsoon season, the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) has issued a note of caution to the public on preventing freak accidents.
Senior engineers who issued the warning pointed out that people should not attempt to repair broken supply lines or posts on their own without alerting the KSEB office. Pedestrians should be cautious while walking past trees that are close to power supply lines or while trimming the branches.
The official helpline number, 9496061061, may be used to request quick field support from the KSEB team in case of emergencies. Citizens may also make use of the customer care number, 1912, to alert the KSEB of emergency repair works. Those commuting during early mornings or nights have been asked to be vigilant.
KSEB engineers said the tendency to keep metal rods, ladders and wooden poles near electric posts should be discouraged. Fixing hoardings and billboards on the electric posts has been banned.
The cautionary note was issued in the wake of the death of a 57-year-old tribal woman and her daughter due to electrocution at Olikkal settlement in Thiruvambadi on Thursday evening. Madhavi, the wife of late Chedan, and her daughter Mini, 35, were found dead near an electricity post close to their settlement. As per the preliminary investigation of the police, it was a stray electric wire that caused their death.
Source- The Hindu