Ikeja Electric has called on the general public to exercise extra caution around electrical installations within its network as the rainy season begins to gain momentum.
The company’s Head of Corporate Communications, Felix Ofulue, noted that the rainy season is usually plagued with increased accidents within the electricity sector as a result of heavy rainfall, windstorms and floods. He urged the public to be on guard in order to avoid being victims of any accident that could easily occur during the rains.
He said Ikeja Electric places premium on the safety of its staffers and customers alike, hence the proactive call for caution during this accident-prone season.
Speaking on the need to observe all safety codes and regulations, especially during the rainy season, Ofulue said the company will continue to sensitise its customers and the public on the safety measures to adopt to ensure their safety.
He noted that the need for heightened awareness on safety measures during the rainy season is due to the hazard that the mix of electricity and water poses. He advised the public to avoid conditions that could compromise safety around electricity, such as using wet electrical appliances; stepping in puddles of potentially charged water, coming in contact with exposed electrical wires, among others, as such actions may have fatal results.
He also warned the public to be mindful of streetlights within the Lagos metropolis as fatal cases have been reported where road users unfortunately come in contact with exposed energised wires connected to the streetlight.
Ofulue called on residents within the company’s network coverage to also be mindful of snapped power cables and fallen poles, incidents which can occur during heavy rainfall. He said wherever such incidents occur, residents should call the company’s Customer Care help lines on 01-7000250, 01-4483900 and 0700-0-2255-453 or through the company’s social media handles immediately, while maintaining a safe distance from the point of the accident.