Wednesday, May 20, 2015

NGCP orients public living near transmission lines

DAVAO CITY, MAY 19, 2015 – Power grid operator National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) held its orientation on Power 103: Power System Operations at the Marco Polo Hotel Davao.

The company wants to send out the message about taking care of the power transmission lines to ensure the public’s safety in communities.
The NGCP has participated in the regular sessions of the Association of the Barangay Council (ABC), Sangguniang Bayan (SB), and Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) on addressing issues and preventing trippings and accidents on the power lines.

Atty. Cynthia P. Alabanza, Spokesperson and Head of Corporate Communication and Public Affairs Department, cited the danger of high voltage electricity especially to the nearby residents.

She explained that any materials, even humans, are conductors of electricity. Good conductors include water and metal. Not good conductors such as wood, non-metal materials, or humans, could possibly absorb the energy and may cause the material to burn.

She also explained that a person doesn’t have to touch the electricity to get electrocuted. A person may literally explode and burst into flames especially if he breeches the safety clearance. Electricity always wants to find the ground and may cause harm to people. Unsafe practices near or around power lines such as kite flying, building grass fires near the transmission, carrying long sticks or any object may reach the power lines, parking vehicles, or building any structure near or under power lines are strictly discouraged.

NGCP is committed to intensify the campaign to prevent accidents and outages to the public, which is why they are having orientations to officials to take care not just the transmission lines, but also to educate people living near the area of the do’s and don’ts.

In case of accidents, NGCP suggests to bring the victim to the nearest hospital or clinic, or immediately report the incident to the local public or barangay officials. You may also contact 0916-216-7986 or the nearest NGCP office. (BRAZIL MAY SAYAGO, PIA INTERN)

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