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  • Updated: December 29, 2022

Harmattan: EEDC Warns Against Indiscriminate Bush Burning

Harmattan: EEDC Warns Against Indiscriminate Bush Burning

The Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) on Thursday warned Southeast residents and its customers against indiscriminate bush burning as the harmattan sets in.

The harmattan season is characterised by the dryness of the environment, leaves and every object/material, including humans, which makes it very easy for a fire to spread at every given opportunity.

The Head of Corporate Communications, EEDC, Emeka Ezeh, told journalists in Enugu that the warning had become timely owing to the fact that fire outbreaks remained the most common risk during harmattan.

Ezeh recounted the losses the company had borne in the past years as a result of uncontrolled!/indiscriminate burning of bushes and refuse dumps, adding “we pray that such experience never repeats this season.”

“Our network spans through, bushes, forests, neighbourhoods, farmlands etc, and any form of burning if uncontrolled could lead to a fire outbreak which may damage transformers, feeder pillar units, and the lines with their associated accessories, in addition to the loss of lives, loss of electricity supply and other properties.

“Over the years, it has become traditional that bushes are burnt during the harmattan season for various reasons.

“Which mostly include helping hunters to drive bush animals out of their hiding places for easy catch/kill while some might be to enable farmers to prepare such lands for the next farming season, to mention but a few.

“Whatever may be the reason behind bush burning, it is advised that such fires are controlled so they do not escalate to unintended locations/areas.

“For those who burn domestic waste dumps within the neighbourhoods, caution must also be applied equally so that it does not lead to unprecedented consequences,” he said.

The EEDC spokesman also called on neighbourhoods that dump refuse/waste under the electricity network or near distribution substations (transformers) to desist from such practice.

According to him, we have had incidences where there were arcing from the cables and it led to fire outbreaks on such refuse dumps which in turn destroyed our installations.

“Cigarette smokers and all those involved in the use of fireworks are appealed to by this period to apply caution; and dispose properly, and or strike and discharge appropriately to avoid fires escalating from them,” he added.

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