By Jennifer Uloma Igwe
It rained cats and dogs all day.
Rainwaters became too much for the drainage capacity of the gutters.
Then dusk came calling and it was time for many workers to head home.
Wading through the floods was not optional, but the only way.
One by one in the dim lit path, many walked with efforts through the flood. Some were cautious of the fallen electricity cables from a roadside pole. Others were not. And a young man paid a grave price for this. He touched one of the cables accidently, got electrocuted and died. True life story!
There are other cases of such death and a pointer to the need for safety conciousness during the rainy season.
These tips I got from the site of an electricity supply company are quite important:
*Do not touch and lift up cables.
*Avoid leaning on electricity poles or support structures.
*Do not jump over, go under, or touch broken or low hanging electricity power lines.
*Do not drive over fallen power lines.
*Stay inside a car if it is in contact with a fallen power line and signal others to stay away. You can honk for help so that professionals can come to your rescue. However, ensure you don’t touch any metal part of the car.
If on fire, open with only the plastic latch of the car door and push (not the frame of the door) then jump out.
*Also be careful not to touch water or anything in contact with water near where there is electricity cables.
Then help keep the environment safe by alerting others to areas where there are fallen electricity poles, or a low hanging power lines. Putting up danger signs to warn others will be helpful too.
Lastly, do not touch or go close to vandalized electricity equipment.