Circuit breakers for all public equipment in Vietnam metro

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Ho Chi Minh Department of Trade and Industry has asked local districts to set up circuit breakers at all public electrical equipment after at least three children were electrocuted since last year.


Before installing the devices, the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism and district governments have to check the safety of the equipment, including advertising billboards and vending machines, according to the latest order by the Department of Industry and Trade.


The department has also proposed that the State Bank of Vietnam's HCMC branch asks banks to check the electrical safety of their automatic teller machines and install circuit breakers.


All the checks must be conducted in cooperation with HCMC Power Corporation, it said.


Early this month a 10-year-old girl became HCMC's latest victim to die by electrocution at public works when she was killed by leak from a wire providing power to a billboard outside an ATM booth in District 1.


Last August a 13-year-old boy in District 5 was electrocuted by a power leak from a street lamppost after heavy rains.


One month later a 10-year-old boy died when he was electrocuted  by a power leak from a ground wire installed improperly in District 6.


According to the Department of Industry and Trade, the incidents took place mainly because of lax management of electrical equipment.

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