Creating always-on awareness in curbing needless electrical accidents
Kuala Lumpur, September 27, 2017 – Electricity plays a major role in our daily lives – it drives our modern lifestyle and powers our world. Thus, it is crucial to know how to manage it properly – and the most critical aspect is to learn about electrical safety. Make sure that you and your family know how to handle electricity safely.
- It is crucial to kick-start the discourse on electrical safety nationwide – taking the lead to minimise future accidents
- Experts from the Energy Commission, The Electrical and Electronics Association of Malaysia (TEEAM) and Schneider Electric share their knowledge on how to safeguard your home from electrical related hazards
As such, Schneider Electric, the leader in digital transformation of energy management and automation, today hosted a panel discussion to kick-start the conversation on electrical safety nationwide. Together with its partners, the Energy Commission and The Electrical and Electronics Association of Malaysia (TEEAM), this platform addressed the issue on electrical safety and the precautionary measures to avoid any possible accidents. According to Energy Commission of Malaysia, on average there are 58 electrical accident cases occur every year in the country, with nearly 50% of the accidents resulting in deaths. The panel discussion emphasised that the safe and efficient use of electricity at home is important to minimise the risk and possible accidents.
The panellist for the Electrical Safety Panel Discussion, from (L-R): Mazliazhar Abdul Latif, Senior Product Marketing Engineer at Schneider Electric; Iffah Hannah Muluk, Head of Electrical Safety Development Unit at the Energy Commission; Ir Chew Shee Fuee KMN, Immediate Past President at The Electrical and Electronics Association of Malaysia (TEEAM); and forum moderator Daphne Iking
Soo Pow Leong, Country President for Malaysia at Schneider Electric, said, “The panel discussion highlights that everyday behaviours are putting people in danger. Not only it is important to use certified electrician to keep your home safe, but it is also vital to cut out the smaller risk that can still have devastating consequences. We at Schneider Electric believe that electrical safety is a crucial discussion to have to keep the users and their families safe.”
The panel discussion encouraged users to ensure the electrical systems installed at homes are up-to-date and most importantly perform regular checks with a certified electrician. Some recommendations from our experts:
- Never use faulty electrical appliances – make sure that all appliances have the regulatory compliance mark by SIRIM
- Do not attempt to repair faulty electrical appliances and power points yourself – call the certified electrician to do so
- Avoid ‘overloading’ the adaptors
- Keep electrics (leads and appliances) away from water – water can amplify the current shock
- Unplug household appliances when not using them to reduce the risk of fire
“It is crucial that we emphasise the importance of electrical safety. We urge Malaysians to take charge of the safety of their families and homes. The panel discussion today provides a platform to push the conversation on electrical safety as it is the responsibility of not just the homeowners but everyone – we all have our roles to play to avoid accidents from happening,” added Iffah Hannah Muluk, Head of Electrical Safety Development Unit at Energy Commission, Malaysia.
The panel concluded the discussion by providing tips and recommendation for consumers that will help mitigate electrical accidents at homes and buildings. Another tip that was shared during the panel is the importance to invest in high quality and reliable electrical components at your homes such as the Schneider Electric’s Easy9 RCBO. The Easy9 RCBO can detect as little as 10mA electrical leakage which is a requirement by the Energy Commission to be installed in all homes. Schneider Electric Easy9 RCBO is highly reliable and it’s priced at a price you can afford. You can follow the conversation and to know more about electrical safety and what you can do to minimise the risk, you can follow Schneider Electric Facebook page , or visit: www.schneider-electric.com.my/en
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