/ 8 March 2021

As we enter the summer months, electrical safety and fire prevention become increasingly crucial, especially considering that we are all mostly spending more time at home due to the pandemic. Slowly, but surely, we are driving over this prolonged and extended road-bump that is the coronavirus, but until the vaccine is accessible and utilized by all, we will still find ourselves relatively stuck to the confines of our homes. But students, teachers and families that find themselves spending more and more time at home can definitely practice easy and practical safety tips to ensure the well-being of the household.

First of all, child-proofing is essential. Place electrical plug covers on outlets, especially when there are children around. Keep all wires and cords organized, tucked and stored away.

It is also recommended that you try to avoid the dreaded octopus connections, or multiple connections on a single outlet. Also, always cover exposed wires with proper insulation, as accidental contact may cause damage or injury.

At home, keep all electrical equipment and devices far from sinks, showers and tubs. Avoid placing and running electrical cords under rugs or carpets, as constantly walking on them may damage the insulation.

Always pull from the plug and not the cord. Always unplug electrical appliances when not in use. This goes especially for heating devices, as these have more chance to potentially start a fire.

Hopefully these tips and reminders will help my readers make safety a way of life. My time in Meralco has made me more aware and cognizant of the need to always play it safe, not only as an employee but also as a member of a family unit. A little care and vigilance go a long way to help you avoid a good deal of damage, and ensure your family’s safety.