With Diwali right around the corner, the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) has urged citizens to ensure electrical safety during the festival period, especially while using electrical decorations, lighting and fireworks. Along with the public power system, one should be cautious of household lighting electrical appliances, MSEDCL officials have appealed.
“Diwali should be celebrated in a safe manner,” officials said adding that caution should be exercised about about household electrical appliances.
“If electrical wires, lamps, sockets are not of good quality, it can cause danger. Proper earthing of the house or building should be checked. Avoid using broken wire when installing sky lanterns outdoors or secure the broken wire with good quality insulation tape. Along with household appliances, oil lamps should be kept at a safe distance from electrical outlets. Do not overload electrical sockets,” the power utility mentioned these among their list of do’s and don’ts.
In an official statement, MSEDCL authorities have pointed out that for sky lanterns or lamp strings, the wires are pushed directly into the plug holes with matchsticks, without the use of three pins. “So there is a possibility of sparking in that plug and causing a fire. The wire of electric lamps and sky lanterns should be kept away from the iron grating in the gallery or the iron staircase of the house or any other iron object. This wire should be unified,” the authorities said.