Escom tips pupils on safety
The Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) has rolled out a country-wide campaign to sensitise pupils on safety tips in the handling of electricity.
Statistics from Escom have revealed that children are the most vulnerable to electricity related accidents due to their limited knowledge on the handling of electric appliances and installations.
In a statement, Escom Public Relations Officer George Mituka said Escom considers the campaign critical realising that children are more active and frequently come into contact with electric appliances.
“Children are also deemed to be in the experimentation phase of life so they like to experiment on things, including electrical appliances, they come in contact with.
It is also said that once the young mind is trained from a tender age, it will never forget such a lesson,” he said.
Mituka said some parents also neglect repairing some worn out electrical appliances thereby putting the lives of their children in danger either knowingly or unknowingly.
“The campaign will, therefore, equip children with knowledge to identify and report any such risks,” he said.
Among the safety tips, the pupils are being taught never to touch any electricity conductor that is either hanging low or broken. They are also taught not to touch anyone hit by electricity shock with bare hands.