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Johannesburg – Eskom urged households to make sure the electrical wiring in their homes is up to standard and safe.
“One of Eskom’s top priorities is educating the public about the dangers associated with the dangerous use of electricity,” the parastatal company said in a statement on Sunday.
âBy always shining the spotlight on these incidents and warning the public, we aim to reduce the number of injuries and fatalities in support of our ‘zero harm’ policy. Every year innocent lives are lost and people seriously injured due to the dangerous use of electricity. Poor quality wiring is one of the main contributors to these electrical incidents, âhe said.
Poor quality wiring meant poor quality wiring, which made it dangerous to people and animals around it, especially if it was within easy reach. In many cases, the insulation – the material that kept people from coming into contact with electricity – was not done at all or poorly made using the wrong materials such as masking tape, which did not not insulating properly and quickly became brittle. If a person or animal touched electrical wiring or exposed wiring, it could suffer serious injury or even death, Eskom said.
Poor quality insulation could also cause the wires running along metal roofs to light up so that the entire roof, or the wires holding the roof, or even the entire structure of the house, come alive and therefore pose a threat. injury or death to anyone who comes in contact with the living structure.
Electrical wires can also become very dangerous when they pass through doors and windows. The wires or cables would be damaged and expose anyone who touched the window or door to an electric shock that could kill them. It was also important that all three wires – live, neutral and earth – were used at all times.
âEskom would like to remind all South Africans that although electricity is an essential part of life, it can be dangerous if not used properly. It is always advisable to use a qualified electrician to make any electrical connections or repairs. Only Eskom authorized employees and subcontractors are allowed to work on all Eskom structures, âhe said.
African News Agency (ANA)