Lanka Electricity Company (Pvt) Ltd

Electricity Safety Advice

We all want to keep our homes and loved ones safe. We’ve put together some advice when using electrical equipment so you don’t need to worry.

Things to remember

Electricity is part of our everyday life, and most of the time we use it without thinking. However, we should all be aware of the hidden dangers.

Keep electrical equipment away from water

Water conducts electricity, and not all electrical equipment is insulated to keep out water. If water gets into the equipment, it becomes dangerous.

It is also dangerous to touch equipment, plugs and switches with wet hands, so make sure you dry your hands thoroughly before touching them.

Check the user manual when cleaning electrical equipment

If you require to clean electrical equipment and the manufacturer usually tells you how to do this safely in a user manual that comes with the equipment. We also advise switching off and unplugging the equipment before you do this.

Check plugs and wires

Check plugs and wires regularly to make sure they are not split or frayed, as this can cause short-circuits and current leaks. A short-circuit or current leak could harm you or result in a fire. If you find any damage or loose connections, then switch the equipment off, unplug it and get it fixed straight away from a qualified electrician.


Using electrical equipment in your home

There are lots of everyday things in our homes and gardens that use electricity. Follow this simple advice to stay safe around your home.

Avoid using adaptors and extension leads

If you need to use one, it’s better to use a bar adaptor (multi board) on a lead rather than a block adaptor. Don’t plug one adaptor into another as this can cause them to overheat.

Be safe when you work outside

If you’re working with electrical equipment outside, make sure you use a Residual Current Device (RCD). This is a safety gadget that automatically disconnects the equipment in case of a fault. If it’s raining, don’t use any electrical equipment outside.

Equipment and electricians

It’s important to make sure our homes are safe. Take a look at our tips before you make a decision to buy a new piece of equipment or use an electrician to do work for you.

Make sure you wire plugs correctly

If you fit a plug yourself, make sure you wire it correctly and always use the right size fuse. Always use short, undamaged wires and don’t join two pieces of wire together. You can also get an independent electrician to do the work for you.

Stay Clear from fallen electric power line

Stay at least 15 meters from a downed power line or other damaged facility. The voltage on the ground is highest in the immediate area around the electrical source and decreases with distance (see illustration below). Walking over the area can cause a fatal shock.


If you are driving a vehicle that touches a downed power line, you are generally safe as long as you stay in the vehicle.

  1. If you are able, slowly drive at least 15 meters clear of the downed power line and any pools of water.
  2. If you are unable to drive the vehicle , give a call or have someone call LECO (1910) and stay inside the vehicle until LECO staff arrives and clears the danger
  3. If you must leave the vehicle due to immediate danger (such as a vehicle fire), jump out of the vehicle with your feet together and without touching the car and ground at the same time. Shuffle or hop away to a safe distance: at least 15 meters from the vehicle.

Plan your work near power lines

  1. Before doing any work near power lines, know where all of the power lines are located.
  2. Before digging or driving posts into the ground, call LECO (1910) to locate and mark all LECO Electric underground cables.
  3. Make sure swimming pools are situated well away from power lines.
  4. Do not plant trees where they will grow into power lines.
  5. Install antennas at a distance at least equal to the height of the antenna plus three meters

Know where is the electric power line

Take great care to avoid overhead or underground power lines, especially when performing dangerous activities such as:

  1. Using a ladder
  2. Pruning or cutting trees
  3. Cleaning a pool
  4. Installing or removing an antenna
  5. Working on the roof
  6. Carrying long tools or pipes
  7. Setting up and moving scaffolding
  8. Digging post holes
  9. Excavating

Avoid Danger Zones

  1. Always be on the lookout for fallen or sagging wires, especially after storms.
  2. Stay away from downed power lines. Never touch an energized wire with your hand or any other object, under any circumstance. If you notice a damaged facility, notify LECO immediately and keep everyone away from the area.
  3. Never play around power substations, poles, towers, fences and trees near power lines or electrical equipment.
  4. Never fly kites near overhead power lines.
  5. Never spray water guns or hoses at power lines.
  6. Never try to open or poke sticks or other objects into underground transformer boxes.
  7. Stay out of substations and areas marked ‘Keep Out’ or ‘Danger.’ If a ball or toy lands in a high voltage area, call LECO to retrieve it.
  8. Avoid going outdoors during a lightning storm.
  9. Rubber gloves WILL NOT protect you from the voltages carried by overhead power lines.
  10. Wood CAN conduct electricity.

Be power safe at home

  1. Make sure bathroom and outdoor outlets are equipped with RCD.
  2. Never poke fingers, toys or anything else into wall outlets.
  3. Do not overload circuits.
  4. Use cords with a third (ground) prong. Never try to remove the third prong.
  5. Do not plug or unplug electrical appliances, tools or equipment with wet hands or in wet conditions.
  6. Do not insert any metal implement into an electrical appliance while it is plugged in.
  7. Replace damaged or frayed cords.
  8. Always have a qualified electrician to perform any electrical work

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  • Colombo 03, Sri Lanka.
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