19 Jan '12, 3am

PUB designs safety device for drains to prevent drowning

PUB designs safety device for drains to prevent drowning

National water agency PUB has designed a safety device to prevent people from being swept away in drains, but experts said it remained to be seen how effective it would be. When a drain fills up during a heavy storm, this safety line - made up of a non-absorbent material and wrapped in a layer of PVC canvas - will bob on the water surface, and provide something for a person in distress to hold on to. Its bright-orange colour and reflective strips will also serve to catch the person's attention, especially at night. Background story HOW THE LINE WORKS When the drain fills up during a heavy storm, this safety line - made up of a non-absorbent material and wrapped in a layer of PVC canvas - will bob on the water surface, and provide something for a person in distress to hold on to. Strung from two metal hooks, it is placed 3m from the closed part of the 1.5m-deep outlet drain...

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