As the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality continues to recognize and celebrate Energy Month in May, the City would like to send a strong warning to parents and guardians to closely guard and prevent their children from flying kites close to electricity cables, as this poses the serous risk of electrocution.
This warning follows a growing number of incidents where kites flown close to or under electric cables have entangled themselves around electric cables, resulting in cables touching each other. These incidents have led to a number of electricity distribution cuts in a number of areas, more especially in the Northern Areas.
The Municipality’s Electricity and Energy Directorate has warned that the flying of kites near or under electric cables poses a risk, because the electric cables are live and carry high electricity voltage, which could cause instantaneous death on contact.
The Municipality also appeals to parents and guardians to closely monitor their children to refrain from fiddling with electricity installations in their neighbourhoods.
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