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Wise up! Ugesi uyabulala Living with electricity Safety hints for you and your family

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Power cables belong to Eskom — respect them • Throwing stones or shooting at power cables will damage them and can stop the electricity supply to your area. Insulated cables could also come loose and drop; these cables could easily electrocute people and animals in the area. • Children should avoid playing near overhead wires and electricity substations. • Kites shouldn’t be flown near power cables and if they are caught in the cables, please don’t try to retrieve them.

Fires and flash-overs • Don’t make fires near or under power cables. • The smoke will allow the electricity to flash to the ground and burn you. • The fire can also get out of control and cause a major loss of electricity supply to your area. Houses, structures and stacking • Did you know that it’s unsafe to build houses or stack materials under power lines? It could lead to serious injuries and property damage because electricity can flash to houses or building materials or even people.

Harnessing the power of electricity is one of humankind’s greatest achievements. From heating your home to keeping your food cool, electricity makes our lives more efficient and comfortable but we have to learn how to use it safely.

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• Call – 08600 (37566) ESKOM • For more information, email the Public Safety Office safety@eskom.co.za or Emergencies: SMS – Cell C – 084 655 5778 SMS – MTN – 083 647 1951 SMS – Vodacom – 082 941 3707 • Give appropriate address of the incident scene e.g. indicate the province • Secure accident scene and keep people away Be Safe and stay alive www.eskom.co.za Issued by Eskom Distribution Risk Management - July 2009

How to treat electrical shock If accidental electrical contact occurs at home, the electricity should first be switched off at the main switch and at the wall socket. If you are not near the main switch, use a broomstick, plastic or wood and pull the person away from the appliance by means of his clothes. Do not touch any wet clothes. NEVER touch a person’s body if he is still in contact with the electricity source.

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Bumping into power lines Irrigation pipes and ladders are very long. If you transport pipes and ladders straight, they could easily touch overhead cables. Most electricity-related incidents on farms happen when irrigation pipes are being moved because the pipes are much longer than the height of the power cables.

Trees on power cables It’s dangerous to climb trees or other structures that are near power cables. A branch or tree that has fallen on a power cable can cause short circuits and electrical fires, so please keep well away. Do not cut down trees near power cables. Report trees growing too close to power cables to the Eskom Fault and Emergency Line.

The safest way to change a light • Switch the light off at the light switch or wall. • If the light is plugged in, remove the plug from the socket. • Remove the faulty bulb and carefully replace it with a new one. • Put plug back into the socket. • Switch on the light at the switch or socket.

Take care and be safe • Teach children not to play with electricity • Putting electrical wires directly into a socket can cause serious accidents. • Replace worn and frayed electric cords, they can cause accidents • Broken plugs and loos wires are dangerous. Always use a proper plug.

Low-hanging conductors Power cables carry huge quantities of electricity around the country. While they are all securely fitted, they can’t be safeguarded against deliberate mischief. Keep away from broken power cables Please report electrical wires that have fallen or are hanging low above the ground to Eskom on 08600 (37566) or phone the police as soon as possible. Do not touch or go near them.

Water and electricity don’t mix Using electricity anywhere near water is dangerous because water conducts electricity- so always make sure that your hands are dry before using an electrical appliance. Make sure that your kettle and steam iron are unplugged before you pour any water into them. Follow any manufacturer’s instructions that are provided as well. If a part of the electrical appliance touches water- switch the appliance off and dry it before you use it again.

Plugging in Overloading a plug point is dangerous and it can cause electrical fires. While multi-plug adaptors allow you to use many appliances – be aware that there is a 15 Amp current maximum. Don’t pull plugs out by their cords; this could lead to electrical wires being exposed. Rather pull out the plug itself and always make sure tha the power is switched off at the wall.

How to wire a plug Tighten screws Arrestor clips • Insert the the twisted copper wires into the pins and tighten the little screws on each pin. • The green-and-yellow wire is inserted into the top pin (Earth). The wire is always the longest of the three. • The blue wire is inserted into the left pin – it’s the one marked with a blue spot or the letter N (Neutral). • The brown wire is inserted into the right pin – it’s the one marked with a brown spot or the letter L (Live). • Make sure the cord is firmly gripped by the arrestor clips.

Eskom extends its services on request to all companies, to provide electricity safety education. For more information please contact us on safety@eskom.co.za

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