Sarawak Energy's Safety Message During The State Election Campaign Period

KUCHING, 27th APRIL 2016, WEDNESDAY: Sarawak Energy advises all election workers and other involved parties to exercise caution when displaying campaign materials during the state election campaign period as the dangerous practice of using electrical poles and substations to hang or paste campaign materials can result in outages and injury.

The power company’s personnel will take down banners and buntings without prior notice should the location of display be considered dangerous to the public.

“We have received feedback from our technical team that electricity poles are used to hang campaign materials.  There is a risk of electrocution if they come close to our overhead lines and can cause serious injuries or worse, can be fatal,” said Lau Kim Swee, Sarawak Energy’s Senior Vice President for Distribution.

"Close contact with electrical equipment can also result in a power flashover. In addition to being dangerous, this will cause disruption of supply to customers. Billboards should not be located anywhere near our overhead lines and substations in case of contact during strong winds.  We need to take these measures very seriously," added Lau.

Sarawak Energy gives constant reminders through printed media, radio campaigns, exhibitions, distribution of leaflets and also holds safety awareness talks at schools to educate the public on the danger of activities near electrical infrastructure and seeks cooperation from all.