PRESS RELEASE – PUCSL kicks off the electrocution mitigation programme for the year 2019

Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL), the electricity industry regulator today (08 Feb 2019) held the Electrical Safety Day -2018 with an objective of reducing the electrical accidents by establishing an electrically safe environment in every household.
More than 500 participants including school children, industrialists and officials participated for the programme.

More than 200 school children were awarded for their efforts in the Island wide school drawing competition under the theme of electrical safety which conducted by the PUCSL throughout the last year with the ambition of making the children aware on the importance of safe use of electricity.

“It is our responsibility to take measures to prevent the possibilities of the lives and properties get damaged due to unsafe use of electricity. Accordingly, more than 20 regulatory tools have been prepared and introduced in relation to the safe use of electricity. As a result of the Electrocution Mitigation Programme carried out by the PUCSL, the number of electrocutions island-wide reduced to 89 in last year from 180 in the year 2012,” Saliya Mathew, Chairman of Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka said addressing the gathering today.

“We must bear in mind the fact that the Ceylon Electricity Board and Lanka Electricity Company Private Limited have fulfilled the responsibilities as licensees in achieving this progress in relation to electrical safety and also thank the Sri Lanka Police for providing excellent support.”

PUCSL plans to introduce more regulatory tools and frameworks in the year 2019 to uplift the standards of the electricity industry in order to ensure an electrically safe environment for lives and properties and also plans to continue the awareness programmes in order to strengthen the public with knowledge of electrical safety.

For more information:

Anushika Kamburugamuwa, Assistant Director – Corporate Communication (0718622800)

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