Since it's rainy season again in the Philippines, I just have that growing concern over the safety of my family as our village is a flood prone area and I guess it pays to be knowleadgeable and prepared rather than regret later. One of my primary considerations is the general safety especially when concerning the electrical hazards. I'm away from home so I couldn't do much to educate my children. This thing in mind led me to browse through the Meralco website and read through their consumer and safety tips. My kids are regularly reading my posts so I guess, it would be good to post some of the Meralco tips here for their awareness and for the benefit of the other readers, as well:
- When not in use, unplug all small appliances.
- Use the correct fuse size. Over or under-sized fuses could start a fire.
- Never replace a busted fuse with other materials. Wires and other conductors used in place of the fuses may not be able to isolate the electric circuit in case of a short circuit
- Avoid octopus connections. Overloading might occur if multiple cords are connected to outlets designed only for one or two plugs.
- Secure loose electrical cords. Family members might trip over wires that are hanging loose along pathways.
- If light switches or outlets feel warm when turned on or in use, turn them off. Call a qualified electrician to immediately check the wiring.
- If plugs seem to fit loosely in a wall outlet, check the plugs or the outlet. A loose or poor electrical connection between plug and the outlet may cause overheating.
- Pull the plug, not the wire. Pulling the wire itself might make the insulation and wires snap or twist.
- Use outlet covers and outlet plates to help prevent electrocution. These can help prevent electric shock and possible electrocution.
- Never try to repair electrical products yourself unless you are a qualified electrician
- Keep your appliances well maintained. They operate more efficiently and use less energy when in good working order.
- When shopping for appliances, you can think of two price tags. The first one covers the purchase price—think of it as a down payment. The second price tag is the cost of operating the appliance during its lifetime. You'll be paying for that second price tag every month with your utility bill for the next 10 to 20 years, depending on the appliance. Refrigerators last an average of 20 years; room air conditioners and dishwashers, about 10 years each; and washing machines, about 14 years
- Unplug all electronic equipment when not in use. Transformers or voltage regulators need to be unplugged when not in use as they can heat up and consume more electricity