Safety warning follows floods

The British Approvals Service for Cables (BASEC) has issued electrical safety advice to the emergency services and public following the recent flooding in the UK.

Castlemead power station, Gloucestershire, is submerged during the recent floods in the UK. (Getty Images)
Castlemead power station, Gloucestershire, is submerged during the recent floods in the UK. (Getty Images)

The British Approvals Service for Cables (BASEC) has issued electrical safety advice to the emergency services and public following the recent flooding in the UK.

"Modern wiring systems such as ring mains should be okay if dried out fully [before use], but sockets, switches and older cables such as paper insulated types or those with cracked sheathing or insulation should be replaced," stressed BASEC chief executive Dr Jeremy Hodge. "Electricity to circuits should be turned off before flood water reaches them," he added.

The advice follows the worst flooding to occur in the UK in 60 years. Vast areas in South-West England, including Gloucestershire, Worcestershire and Oxfordshire were flooded for several days in July, with thousands of homes and businesses affected. Mains power and water supplies were lost as local substations were flooded.

At least 350,000 people in Gloucestershire lost domestic water supplies, with Tewkesbury's Mythe Water treatment works at the centre of the problem.

The Castlemead power station in Gloucester was closed due to flooding, cutting power to over 40,000 homes. Waltham substation was also threatened by rising water and at the time of writing, further operations were taking place to protect a power substation in Oxfordshire after the banks of the River Thames burst.

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