Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) advises the public to take the necessary precautions as flooding continues to affect several communities across the country. The Company provides the following safety tips:
If you are leaving your premises and suspect that there will be flooding, turn off the main circuit breaker and all appliances before you leave.
- Do not touch appliances, cords or electrical tools or plugs with wet hands or while standing on a wet surface. Do not put electrical tools, appliances or cords in water. Do not use power tools that were immersed in water.
- Turn off the main breaker if the water level threatens to rise near or above outlets and ensure that the entire premise is disconnected from any electrical source. Do not walk into any area of water that may be connected to an electrical source.
- Call BEL immediately if water is threatening to rise near or above your electrical meter so that power can be disconnected to reduce the risk of electrical hazards.
- Keep away from fallen power lines. Assume all wires on the ground are electrically charged. This includes cable TV feeds.
- Report fallen power lines to BEL immediately.
- Do not go to any of BEL’s power stations or substations.
- Make sure you have battery operated lights for emergency lighting.
- In the event there is loss of power supply due to damages caused by flooding, the Company will dispatch crews to conduct power restoration works as soon as it is safe to do so.
BEL encourages customers to report damages to the power system by calling 0-800-BEL-CARE or 0-800-235-2273. If there are damages to the power system, customers are advised to be prepared for related power outages. Keep listening to your radio and television stations for advisories from BEL.