The Electricity Corporation of Malawi Limited (ESCOM) has rolled out a country wide campaign to sensitise school children especially in Primary School on safety tips in the handling of Electricity.
Statistics from ESCOM have revealed that school going children are the most vulnerable to electricity related accidents due to their limited knowledge on the handling of electricity appliances and installations. This is mainly because children are more active and in the process they come into contact with things they were not supposed to come in contact with.
Children are also deemed to be in the experimentation phase of life so they would like to experiment on all possible 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.
It is a notable fact that some parents 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 such children with knowledge to identify and report any such risks.
ESCOM took advantage of the meeting to implore the children to be on the alert for any perceived or real fault on any electrical installation so as to avoid resultant accidents. The children, being a big fraction of the population, will be ESCOM's 'eyes'.
Among the safety tips, the pupils were told never to touch any electricity conductor that is either hanging low or broken. They were also told not to touch with bare hands anyone who has been shocked by electricity but rather disengage the victim from the electricity source using dry wood.