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Thousands in danger of electrocution due to aged power supply switch at homes

Some 60 to 70 per cent of homes in Cyprus are dangerous since residents can easily suffer electrocution because due to the facility’s age the power supply switch does not work. And the grounding is not neutralized, either, Philenews reports.

This is what experts told the House Refugees Committee, adding that the problem is bigger in older electrical installations.

Indicative is the recent random inspection in the state’s Makarios III refugee settlement in Kamares, Larnaca, by the Electromechanical Service.

It revealed that three of the 18 facilities inspected had to be replaced urgently due to this danger.

Based on this conclusion and given that the 305 units in the settlement were built during the same period, the number of hazardous facilities is around 55.

Cyprus Scientific and Technical Chamber’s electrical mechanical engineer, Thomas Mita, told Philenews that the percentage of houses with old facilities and consequently similar problems ranges between 60% -70%.

And that if a time limit was to be set on what ‘old facitilies’ means, then it could be said that the premises built before 2004 should be checked to see if their power supply switch works and if the groundign is neutral.

The process of connecting neutral point of 3-phase system to earth (i.e. soil) either directly or through some circuit element is called neutral grounding. Neutral grounding provides protection to persons and equipment.

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