The Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) has taken electrical safety awareness to schools to sensitise students on the dangers of improper use of electricity appliances, wires and other input/output devices.
The sensitisation in Enugu metropolis was in continuation of the company’s activities in the ongoing annual Customer Service Week and in keeping with its customer education and safety awareness initiative.
During the visit to Government Secondary School, Enugu, on Friday, the company’s Head of Customer Service, Mrs Ijeoma Ogudebe, said that “the choice of targeting schools is basically to catch the students at formative-age to be conscious of dangers of electricity”.
Ogudebe also underscored some important information that they (students) needed to know about electricity and its usage.
She also spoke on the electricity value chain, the dynamics of electricity distribution and their role as customers in ensuring that the sector is sustainable.
She said that most of the challenges being experienced in the electricity sub-sector could be attributed to ignorance and the lack of knowledge.
The Head, Health Safety and Environment, Dr Francis Iwu, took time to educate the students on the hazards associated with usage of electricity and the necessary precautions to take to remain safe while using it.
“Some of the safety tips include not using electricity appliances with wet hands, not carrying out recreational activities under electricity power-line, developing the culture of not using ring boilers, but rather use electric kettle, which has an inbuilt thermostat,” Iwu said.
He implored the students to inform their parents on the need to use qualified and competent electricians in carrying out electrical works in their homes.
He also urged the students to persuade their parents to ensure that the right and standard materials are used in wiring their homes in order to avoid electrical fire accidents.
The students showed excitement over the programme, as manifested in the way and manner they paid attention, took notes, and asked brilliant questions on areas of concern.
One of the students, Master Emeka Onyeka, thanked EEDC for the sensitisation, adding that he had learnt not to touch any electricity appliance with wet hands to avoid electrocution.
The Principal of the School, Mrs Ijeoma Onuigbo, commended the EEDC team, adding: “We will like to have you again as this knowledge sharing opportunity needs to be regular and consistent”.
Onuigbo acknowledged that the engagement had enriched their knowledge in electricity, its usage, and the precautionary measures to take to stay safe, alive and well.
It would be recalled that the programme is a global event celebrated annually by service-oriented organisations in the first week of October.
It provides them with an opportunity to celebrate their customers, while the theme for this year’s celebration is “Team Service”.