With a massive increase in domestic electricity use over Christmas, together with the risk of fallen wires in winter conditions, ESB Networks has advised people to be safety conscious.
“In the home make sure your own electrical system is safe. Check that your safety trip switch – called a Residual Current Device (RCD) – works by pushing the test button and that there are no damaged plug tops or frayed wires. If in any doubt, get in touch with a registered electrician.
When it comes to the overhead wires and poles that ESB Networks uses to supply electricity to everyone, remember that these poles and wires are live and dangerous and should never to be used for anything else. Here are a few simple safety tips from ESB Networks for the home around Christmas time,” a spokesman said.
While the weather during winter 2016 has so far been relatively benign, ESB Networks are reminding people to never approach or touch fallen wires following adverse weather. Storms and strong winds can cause damage to the overhead electricity wires and poles, so always be alert and keep your distance.
Any customers without power can check for updates on when their fault is expected to be repaired at Powercheck and via Twitter at @ESBNetworks. For faults that are not appearing on Powercheck, customers are asked to call to log the fault on esbnetworks.ie or by calling 1850 372 999.