Pune, 12th January 2024: As the Kite Festival coincides with Makar Sankranti celebrations, Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) issues a crucial advisory, urging the public to exercise caution around high and low voltage power lines, transformers, feeder pillars, and other electrical infrastructure in public spaces.
In both urban and rural settings, MSEDCL’s high and low voltage power lines, switches, feeder pillars, and other power systems are strategically placed in public areas. The act of flying kites during Makar Sankranti poses a potential risk of the kite or the manja (kite string) getting entangled in the electrical systems. In such instances, citizens, particularly children, should refrain from attempting to disentangle a kite or its string using an iron rod or stick. The inadvertent contact with live wires, coils, or the electrical system itself can lead to the risk of electric shock and potential accidents. Additionally, there’s a threat of life loss due to electric shock and short-circuits caused by metallic coating.
To ensure a safe celebration of Patangotsav, citizens, especially children and youths, are advised to choose open grounds away from power distribution systems. Parents are urged to guide their children on the safe practices of kite flying, emphasizing the importance of avoiding attempts to retrieve kites caught in electrical systems.
MSEDCL encourages a secure celebration of Patangotsav and recommends staying vigilant around the power infrastructure. In case of emergencies, citizens can contact MSEDCL’s toll-free numbers 1912, 18002123435, or 18002333435 for immediate assistance.