Grid operator National Grid Corp. of the Philippines advised the public not to fly kites and engage in other activities near transmission lines which may endanger lives and cause unwanted power interruptions.
NGCP said in a statement Monday it was seeking the collective efforts of consumers to conserve electricity as the country gears up for a “new normal” routine.
“These rising incidents of kite entanglements come at a period where electricity is crucial in the ongoing efforts to combat COVID-19. Breaching safety clearances not only threatens power transmission delivery for the entire grid, but also endangers the lives of kite-flyers,” it said.
“Transmission lines carry extremely high voltages, between 69,000 volts to 500,000 volts. Compare this to the power supplied by our outlets, which is only 220 volts. Lines also need not be physically touched to cause accidents,” NGCP said.