The National Grid Corp. of the Philippines is appealing to the public to refrain from activities near transmission lines to prevent power outages as electricity demand increases amid loosening quarantine measures.
NGCP recorded 87 incidents of kites entangled in transmission lines as of May 29, most of which were reported during the enhanced community quarantine period. Such incidents caused power interruptions, including an eight-hour emergency shutdown of NGCP’s Las Pinas-Dasmarinas 230KV line last April 25.
“These rising incidents of kite entanglements come at a period when electricity is crucial in the ongoing efforts to combat COVID-19. Breaching safety clearances not only threatens power transmission delivery or the entire grid, but also endangers the lives of kite flyers.” NGCP said.
Transmission lines carry extremely high voltages of between 69,000 to 500,000 volts. Serious accidents can result from these lines being physically touched. To ensure the uninterrupted power delivery services, NGCP is appealing for the prohibition of kite flying, kaingin or grass burning activities, and malicious planting of vegetation below or within transmission right of way corridors.
Additionally, the grid operator also strongly encouraged the public to implement efficient energy use practices in order to prevent demand-induced power shortages. These measures include removing plugs of appliances from outlets when not in use, using compact fluorescent lamps or LED bulbs, keeping air conditioners at 25 degrees centigrade, regular cleaning of fan blades and air conditioner filters, and defrosting of refrigerators, among others.
It is easy to take electricity for granted until the delivery of the service is interrupted by irresponsible acts. By doing our share in keeping transmission and distribution lines safe from accidental contact due to human activities, we keep our loved ones safe from electrocution as well as ensure the continuous and reliable supply of electricity to our homes.*