BALANGA CITY, Bataan – Power grid operator National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) steps up its campaign to warn the public against forming and spreading grassfires.
“NGCP is going all out in informing the public of the dangers and adverse effects of grassfires on transmission facilities. Not only is grassfire hazardous to the health of the people, it also poses a threat to power transmission facilities, particularly wood poles. If these structures are burnt, our transmission services might be interrupted,” said NGCP Regional Corporate Communication Officer Ernest Vidal during interview at 98.3 FM Smile Radio this city.
He also said the smoke from grassfires alone can cause tripping of transmission lines. “The fire does not have to physically touch the line for it to trip. The thick smoke alone can trigger these lines to trip and cause power interruption,” he informed.
Vidal reported that earlier NGCP with the assistance of Bureau of Fire Protection responded to grassfire incidents involving power transmission assets in Cagayan province.
“We reiterate our appeal to the public to stop these unsafe practices near transmission lines so that power interruptions are avoided”, he appealed.