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Pull the plug … on electrical hazards

Check ou the list of guidelines which may be useful to you
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Pull the plug … on electrical hazards

Look around your HDB flat. Do you see unkempt tangles of wiring and cabling? Is any “live” wire protruding from its worn rubber casing? Are electrical appliances switched on even though they are not in use?

Though all HDB flats are provided with a Residual Current Circuit Breaker (RCCB), which is a safety device to protect flat owners from electrical shocks, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. So as a responsible HDB flat dweller, pull the plug on electrical hazards and adopt good safety practices to protect yourself, your loved ones and your house.

Here is a list of guidelines which may be useful to you

  • Unplug all appliances when they are not in use. Save on your electrical bills at the same time!
  • Consult a Licensed Electrical Worker (LEW) for any electrical work.
  • Do not touch switches when your hand is wet.
  • Cover up sockets when they are not in use.
  • Do not connect several appliances to one power socket. Provide more sockets and reduce the number of connections.
  • Do not run electric wires across floors, under carpets or through doorways or windows. The wires may be damaged and become a safety threat.
  • Keep electric wires away from hot surfaces or liquids of any kind.
  • Use the correct fuse rating for each appliance.

Always remember, the safety of you, your loved ones and all the property that you own, begins at home!

For more information, be sure to visit the HDB InfoWEB.

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