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Benin distribution company cautions residents on unsafe practices  

Ahead of the raining season, the Benin Electrical Distribution Company Plc (BEDC) Wednesday cautioned residents against unsafe practices, such as tampering with electrical installations, living and trading under high tension over-head lines, and  touching/stepping on electrical wires.

The company said the caution tips are part of its commitments to “reducing electrical accidents by providing safety sensitisation for members of the public as well as in-house to engender safety consciousness among staff.”

The head of Branding & Corporate Communications of the BEDC, Mrs Evelyn Gbiwen, said the company gave the charge during its energy safety sensitisation program for staff and members of the public.

Gbiwen quoted the head of Safety, Health and Environment, Mr. Gilbert Nweke as saying during the sensitisation exercise that “safety enlightenment are on electrical safety and energy management aimed at educating the public.”

She added that BEDC staff  where admonished to put their health and safety first so as to make them function optimally.

The statement added that “customers were also urged to avoid using electrical appliances during thunderstorms, steer clear of power lines and never to use wet appliances or turn on off switches with wet hands. 

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