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ESB safety warning as flooding recedes

All electricity customers have been warned to be extra vigilant as flooding begins to recede.

ESB Networks reminds members of the public and emergency services to exercise particular care when moving around flooded areas in boats and other flotation vehicles.

“The electricity network is designed to have ample clearance for access and egress during normal conditions. However, when areas are flooded, this clearance level may be affected. The electricity network is live and should not be approached. Electricity wires are dangerous and, even at close proximity and where clearance is compromised, you should not pass under them.

“If you see any sagging electricity wires or wires submerged in water, please do not steer your boat over these. Do not use oars or anything else to lift or move electricity wires,” Arthur Byrne, safety manager, said.”Please report any poor clearance issues immediately to ESB Network at 1850 372 999.”

ESB Networks is currently assessing the electricity network in flooded areas to assess damage and identify safety issues.

Mr Byrne said, “As well as the hardships that many people are enduring with flooded homes, farmland and roads, there are important personal safety matters that need your attention. As the floods recede, it is important to remain vigilant because previously unseen dangers may now be more immediate. Before your electrical installation is reconnected, have it checked out by a registered electrical contractor.”

For updates and more information on the safe use of electricity, follow Twitter (@ESBNetworks), access www.esbnetworks.ie and listen to our regular safety messages on national and local media and online.

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