ZESCO has blamed carelessness and poor house wiring for most fires that have gutted houses during the laod shedding period.
Zesco spokesman Henry Kapata has disclosed that over 27 houses have been gutted from January to date.
Mr. Kapata said the utility company was getting concerned with the number of houses been gutted as a result of carelessness poor workmanship which were instead being blamed on the utility.
“As ZESCO we are getting concerned with the number of houses been gutted as a result of personal carelessness by our customers, from January to date we have had about 27 houses as a result of poor wiring,” he said.
He said it was unfortunate that people were blaming load shedding as the cause of houses catching fire without realizing that it is because they engaged unqualified electricians to do the wiring and earthing systems.
Mr. Kapata said most incidences were caused because people had resorted to use substandard materials and unqualified electricians.
“The houses being gutted are as a result of poor wiring and earthing systems that are as a result of engaging unqualified electricians and also the issue of using substandard materials such as plastics,” he said.
Mr. Kapata said it was important that people used qualified electricians to avoid losing their properties in a fire.
Mr. Kapata that people should learn to switch off all electrical appliances whenever power went off.
“People must switch off electrical appliances whenever power goes off, we have cases where people ironing fail to unplug and leave the iron on.” He said.
This situation was dangerous as the iron would go on probably unattended as soon as power was restored. This posed a grave danger.
He said ZESCO agreed that sometimes it was at fault and it had always engaged its customers by ensuring that the victims were compensated.