And while NEMO officials assess the situation on the ground, the Belize Electricity Limited is cautioning the public of the life-threatening hazards caused by illegal and improper electrical connections. In separate instances over the weekend in Belize City, lives were put at risk: a house was extensively damaged and there was an avoidable power outage due to these unsafe electrical connections. BEL reports that on Saturday, an extension wire connected directly from an electrical meter became immersed in water on the ground, causing a short circuit which led to a fire that damaged the property and threatened the lives of those in the immediate area. On Sunday, lives were endangered when illegal electrical connections in the Antelope Street Extension Area caused exposed live wires to be laying in flood water. This presented risk of electric shock to any person making contact with the water and BEL was forced to disconnect power supply to the area to mitigate the hazard. The release from NEMO states that Illegal and improper electrical connections exist in several communities countrywide. Since 2014, BEL has been working with the police to encourage residents of these communities to stop the risky and unsafe practice of illegally connecting to power lines.
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