Meralco gives electrical safety tips amid 'Glenda'

Posted at 07/15/2014 7:49 PM | Updated as of 07/16/2014 10:48 AM

MANILA – As rains from typhoon "Glenda" are expected to cause floods, the Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) shared tips on using electrical devices and appliances.

Meralco said that in case of flooding in homes and establishments, the public is advised to do the following:

  • Ensure that the main electrical power switch or circuit breaker is off. Be sure to be dry at all times when in contact with any electrical facility.
  • Unplug appliances from wall sockets. Turn off permanently-connected equipment and unscrew all lightbulbs if possible.
  • Remove mud and dirt from service equipment or main circuit breaker/fuse and its enclosure using rubber gloves and rubber soled shoes.
  • Make sure that all electrical wires, connectors and other wiring devices are completely dry.
  • When all electrical wires and accessories have dried and are clean, the wiring system of all appliances must be checked by a licensed electrician. Do not turn on flood-damaged electrical appliances.

Meralco spokesman Joe Zaldarriaga, meanwhile, urged the public to keep channels of communication open and ready during typhoons.

He reminds to charge mobile phones, laptops, radios, and other communication gadgets.

Meralco said its crew is also on standby to respond to power outages that may occur in areas hit by the typhoon.

“As a 24–hour service company, we are committed to respond to these types of emergency. Our crews are on standby to attend to any trouble that may affect our facilities in areas that might be hit by the typhoon,” Zaldarriaga said.

He added that Meralco has issued advisories on the appropriate precautionary measures before the typhoon hit.

“Meralco, for instance, has consistently requested billboard owners and operators to temporarily roll their billboards up to prevent these structures from being toppled by the strong winds,” he said.