Chinese New Year is one of the most
important and festive event for the Filipino-Chinese community here in the Philippines. This 2016 we welcome the year of the Fire Monkey. The Monkey is the ninth sign in Chinese astrology with the number “9” being associated with ambition, activity, smartness, mischief and adventure.

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People customarily participate in parades and dragon dances that are organized and held in Binondo (China Town). The most known tradition include firecrackers that are believed to drive off bad luck and

the Tikoy, a Chinese sticky sweet treat that symbolizes the attraction of good luck.

In line with all the merriments, we would like to remind everyone to follow these precautions:

Handle fireworks with caution

only buy legal fireworks from reputable stores.  Always read the instructions and make sure you take all the necessary precautions before lighting them

Smoke Detector

Make sure you installed the Meiji Smoke Detector with Alarm (MSD-01/ MSD-02)
in your kitchens and never leave your cooking unattended. This stand-alone smoke detector alarms you when it detects smoke; to avoid the tragedies of fire.

Keep Candles Out of Reach

Keep candles out of reach of children and combustible materials. After all the gatherings, check for smouldering cigarette butts or firecrackers and extinguish it properly

Avoid Overloading

Avoid overloading electrical sockets and extension sets. An extension set has a limit to how many amperes it can take so, to help reduce the risk of fire, be careful not to overload them. The Meiji 13 and 20 Series Extension Cord (MES-1303 to 1306, WRP 2104/ 2027) has a
power rating from 1,200 to 2,500 Watts that comes in 3 to 5-meter ranges. It consists of 3 to 6 international outlets for the 13 series and 3 parallel outlets for the 20 series. CNY dishes

Filipino-Chinese communities in the Philippines
celebrate Chinese New Year every year in hope of attracting prosperity, closer family ties and peace. Most Filipino-Chinese families usually clean their homes thoroughly, prepare lucky money in red envelopes, serve sweet foods and display various food and fruits on a table, which is believed to invite good fortune.  So for all the Filipino Chinese Community, Kiong Hee Huat Tsai!

During New Year, a lot of us usually make a list of resolutions on self-improvement. Some of the most common goals in New Year’s resolutions are to lose weight, make more money and to quit smoking. For a change, why not include improving electrical safety in our homes as a part of the list?

Meiji Electric encourages you to practice electrical safety measures that can help keep you and your family safe. The start of a new year is the perfect time for homeowners to start electrical safety. Some common causes of electrical fires are caused by faulty electrical outlets, old wiring, and problems with cords, plugs and switches. It is best that we are equipped with the proper knowledge to avoid any future losses that we can actually avoid.

Here are 6 items that can improve your Electrical System at home:

  1. Buy a MEIJI Automatic Voltage Regulator (AVR) SVC 500-10000 C360_2015-05-13-11-48-45-898for your refrigerators and flat screen TVs. It is used to protect your computers and other appliances against surging and fluctuating of electricity by maintaining the load voltage against voltage variances. The Meiji AVRs are available from 500VA to 10,000VA.
  1. Check and replace your damaged extension cords with the Meiji 13 extensionsand 20 Series Extension Cord (MES-1303 to 1306, WRP 2104/ 2027). It has a power rating from 1,200 to 2,500 Watts that comes in 3 to 5-meter ranges. It consists of 3 to 6 international outlets for the 13 series and 3 parallel outlets for the 20 series.
  1. Install the Meiji Voltage Protector (TC-V001) to your air conditioners, refrigerators, laptops, and other appliances. It is a device that protects your appliance by cutting off power as it reaches the minimum allowable voltage drop or exceeds the maximum over voltage rating. The Meiji Voltage Protector with Timer (TC-V002) on the other hand has an added feature of 8 programmable timer setting options for your various day preferences. Meaning you can set the timer to work daily, weekly, monthly, weekdays, or whatever schedule that suits you.C360_2015-05-13-12-01-05-902
  1. Buy the Meiji Aircon to Fan Timer(TC-V003) that has an international and universal outlet to set your air conditioner to turn off at your preferred time and your electric fan to turn on immediately after. The Meiji TC-V003 can accommodate an air conditioner with up to 2 horsepower. With this item, you will surely save a lot on your electricity bill this year.
  1. Install the stand-alone Meiji Smoke Detector with Alarm (MSD-02) smoke-detector-front-300x265that doesn’t need to be wired to a main system.  The Meiji Smoke Detector alarms you that there’s a major smoke or heat coming from a particular area. This way, it can help you protect your home from the tragedies of fire.

 

Update your home electrical system with the Meiji Home Panel Home Panel 1 branch breaker(MHP-02 to MHP 3x16P) which comes in different sizes ranging from 1-48 ways. These are modular, fire resistant distribution boxes applicable for electric circuit terminals rated at 220V line to line, 400V line to neutral system. It is easy to install and disassemble with a beautiful design so you don’t need to hide it in the kitchen cabinet.

These are just some of the innovative items of Meiji Electric that can protect your home and your family. Keep in mind that all of us promise to make changes to improve our lives especially during the start of the year. However, some will fall short just before reaching March, but that doesn’t mean your New Year’s resolutions should not be done. So get up now and go to your nearest ACE Hardware, Handyman and Home Depot branches or contact us directly to avail of these items now!

Christmas is just around the corner and I’m sure that by now, you have already adorned your houses with Christmas trees, garlands and colourful parols. It is the most festive time of year and having a safe and secure home will keep the holidays brighter for you and your family. Before you get busy in buying your Christmas gifts and other preparations, please take a while to review our holiday electrical safety reminders to avoid any potential danger.

#1: Determine the number of available outlets

When decorating, determine first the number of available outlets and its location. Be sure that your installed electrical outlet can accommodate the total load of your Christmas decors. The most common problem when hanging Christmas lights is the unavailability of an electric outlet. If your outlet is far from your Christmas lights/ decors, use the Meiji 20 Series Extension sets (WRP 2104/2027) that are made up of polycarbonate ABS plastic material and ranges from 3-5 Metered wires. It also has 3 outlets rated from 1200 to 2500 Watts and your choice of white, black and even green colours.

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You can also try our Meiji 13 Series Extension Sets (MES-1303 to 1306). This series consists of 3 to 6 international outlets with individual switches, shutters for child protection and fuses for each outlet. It also contains a circuit breaker to better protect your higher rated appliances. It is made up of fire-retardant plastic in grey colour, rated at a total of 2,500 Watts.

# 2: Turn off all indoor and outdoor electrical decorations before going to sleep or leaving the house.

# 3: Do not use electrical ornaments or light strings on artificial trees with metallic leaves or branches.

Or better yet, update your tree to the Fiber Optic Christmas TreesMeiji Fiber Optic Tree with programmable energy saving LEDs. This year, we have four new designs to choose from. The MFL-DL with LED dancing lights, MFL-RM with LED blinking colourful balls, The MFL-G that has steady gold fiber optic with colourful LEDs, and the MFL-SS which has LED stars with 8 different motions. With this type of Christmas tree, you don’t need to put on any Christmas lights and unlike the conventional tress, it does not heat up. Energy efficiency is another benefit of using this tree since LEDs only consumes 1/3 energy. This will add up to big savings on your electricity bill by the time the holiday season is over.

# 4: Do not overload electrical outlets.

Overloaded electrical outlets and faulty wires are a common cause of holiday fires. Avoid overloading outlets and only plug one high-wattage appliance into each outlet. Read the power consumption of your appliance and make sure it is within the capacity of your outlet.

# 5: Outdoor Christmas lights and decorations should be pluggedgfci with cover into circuits protected by Meiji Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GF-250/ MGF 250).

These are protective outlets designed to shut off an electric circuit when it detects current imbalance due to ground faults or grounded wires. Pair it up with the Meiji Weather Proof Cover (MCS-2204) for added protection!

# 6: Always unplug electrical decorations before replacing bulbs or fuses of your Christmas lights to avoid electric shock.

# 7: Make sure that you have a stand-alone Meiji Smoke Detector with Alarm (MSD-01/ MSD-02) 

smoke-detector-front-300x265With all the family reunions this Christmas season, your kitchen will surely be busy. Make sure that you have a stand-alone Meiji Smoke Detector with Alarm (MSD-01/ MSD-02) to warn you when it detects smoke; that is typically an indicator of fire.

Caring and providing excellent electrical products for our customers is something we strive to do all year round. On behalf of Meiji Electric, I would like to extend our sincerest thanks for your continued patronage, and wishing you a Joyful plus safe Christmas and a Prosperous as well as electrically secured New Year!

It’s Fire Prevention Month, so be extra cautious in safeguarding your homes and offices unexpected fires. Though electrical cause is the number one cause of fires in the Philippines, there are other causes as well. Here are some of them:

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Open flames

Unnoticed burning candles or kerosene lamps that are placed near flammable material like cloth; is a fire waiting to happen. Neglected cooking activity in the kitchen causes most fires in the homes. Oil starting to smoke is near the burning point and can ignite violently.

Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG)

LPG is liquid inside the container, but immediately changes to the gaseous state when released. It is liquefied so it can be stored economically and transported easily. Did you know that a gallon of liquid LPG in a bottle will expand about 270 times as much when suspended in a vapor form?

Fireworks

We occasionally use these as our beautiful displays resulting from the occurrence of certain colorful chemical reactions. The hazardous substances that produce fireworks are aluminum, antimony, carbon, potassium. When used improperly, surely it will cause fires. So these must be stored, transported and displayed by experienced and knowledgeable professionals. Implementation of prohibitions in the manufacture, handling and use should be strictly complied with everyone as fire safety precaution.

Careless cigarette smoking

Careless cigarette smoking especially indoors is a leading cause of fire in the homes. Here in the Philippines it is the fourth leading cause of fire.

These are only four causes and a there’s a lot more. We need to think of ways to prevent fire before it starts. There’s a saying that, “Where there’s a smoke, there’s a fire. “ And taking this literally; smoke is the start of fires, so we’d better prevent it before it consumes valuable possessions and/or lives.

A lot has already begun to realize the benefits of having Meiji Smoke Detectors. In most hotels, condominiums, office and residential projects, it is already a requirement.

Use Meiji Smoke Detectors for your safety!

Meiji Smoke Detector alarms you that there’s a major smoke or heat coming from a particular area. It alarms to warn you. This way, it can help you protect your home from tragedies of fires. Meiji Smoke Detector also has a “low-battery” alarm to warn you to change the battery as soon as possible.

In case you would need help in setting up your Meiji Smoke Detectors, you will find an instruction manual, together with spare screws inside the box.

Get your Meiji Smoke Detector now!

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Give us a call to learn more of the benefits of using Meiji Smoke Detectors and other products (02) 448-7423; 414-4012; 727-5790; 413-6636.

“There’s no smoke without fire.” Some of us believe this figuratively. But let’s take this literally!

 

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News reports about fire break-outs spread as fast as fire scatters into houses. In the Philippines, three fire incidents were reported early this day about two o’clock in the morning: one in Davao City, another in Sta. Ana, Manila and another one in Quezon City. You might be asking, how come they didn’t notice the fire before it blazed? Or didn’t they sense or smell the smoke when the fire had just started?

When a person is asleep his nose does not sense smoke

According to Wikipedia, when a person is asleep his nose does not sense smoke nor does the brain. But the body will wake up if the lungs had been enveloped in smoke which then stimulates the brain and then he or she will be awakened.

But wouldn’t it be better, not to mention, safer if you just get buzzed by the sound of the great alarm?  In this day and age, it is very efficient and wise to have smoke detectors installed in your homes.

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Meiji Smoke Alarm

Meiji Smoke Detector is a very effective device to prevent fire before it becomes bigger.

With this kind of device, you will be alarmed of a fire when you’re asleep, busy or in a different part of the house from where the fire is.  It can provide you extra warning time when you are awake, and it wakes you up if a fire occurs while you are asleep. It buys us time. And in a fire, time is definitely more precious than gold. It spells life.

Smoke detectors, work by regularly checking the air for hints of the gasses and smoke particles produced by a fire.

Installing Meiji Smoke Detectors has a lot of advantages. Here are some:

• You can respond to the alarm quickly as soon as you hear it. This will enable you to stop the fire from burning the whole office or house down. Smoke detector in homes and offices will lead you to the exact place where the smoke started. This will make it possible to get hold of a fire extinguisher or hose so that you can put off the flames.

• Smoke detectors in homes and offices will warn every person in the house or office immediately. It must function in alerting every person about the possibility of fire.  Due to its loud sound-providing feature, every person near the smoky area will surely be alarmed. That’s why experts suggest that every level of the house or office must have smoke detectors installed.

• It provides the person left in the house with precise time frame to get off before the fire breaks out.

stock-footage-smoke-detector-alarmRemember however, to test and clean your smoke detectors at least once a month. Never paint a smoke alarm because paints can clog the vents. Replace them if the testing fails and check batteries whenever necessary.

Smoke detectors can literally save your life, your family and even your business if a fire should happen. If your home doesn’t have smoke alarms, invest a few to purchase and install them. 

Your life is worth it!

new christmas lights‘Tis the season to be jolly! No one wants to have to deal with fires, especially in the Christmas season when sadly, homes are more prone to fires due to the various Christmas decorations and other preparations. I encourage everyone to be careful with preparing for the holidays, because as the cliché goes, prevention is better than cure. Here are five simple steps you can take that can save lives and homes:

1. Maintain your lights.

It is normal for families to use the same Christmas lights year after year because they’re only up for a while anyway, and then put away the rest of the year. Thus, it is inevitable that these lights can wear out and we would be unaware of it. Before putting up those colorful, wonderful lights, inspect them first with utmost scrutiny—check for warm wires, worn-out wires, broken sockets, kinking, and any other symptoms of a potential danger. And when the time comes that you have to replace your lights, make sure to purchase lights from a credible, reputable brand. Better yet, get fiber optics.

fiber optic christmas tree with LED balls2. Use non-flammable decorations.

It is pretty much self-explanatory. As much as possible, purchase only fire-retardant decorations. If you are not sure whether a product is fire-retardant, always ask the sales personnel. It is not worth it to assume when it comes to life-or-death issues. This condition also applies to buying the Christmas tree itself, if you are getting an artificial one. On the other hand, if you are getting a real tree, always keep it moist, as dry trees can burn up more easily.

3. Do not block exits and crucial pathways.

While it is indeed very tempting to envelop your home in colorful decorations in the spirit of the holiday season, remember that you have to keep important pathways and exits clear and empty. This is so that in the event that something untoward happens, you will have the proper means to escape your home. In this light, it will also help if you held a fire drill with the people in your home.

4. Do not leave lights and/or burning candles unattended.

Even if your lights are A-Okay, leaving them on for extended periods of time can cause them to wear out easily and become exposed to serious danger. Always turn them off when not in use. If possible, make a schedule wherein the lights and decorations can only be switched on at a certain time. Installing smoke detectors would also be a wise option.

5. Concentrate on your cooking.

This item may not be related to Christmas decorations, but it is still crucial to the holiday season. One can get lost in the preparations for Noche Buena, as there are relatives buzzing with glee in their chit chats, and kids running around all giddy about seeing everyone and receiving their presents. While it is the spirit of the season to reunite with family relatives and/or close friends, keep in mind the brownies in your oven, the spaghetti on your stove, and the dishes that can go wrong if left unattended. Set alarms, have someone remind you, do anything to make sure the food preparations go smoothly.

So there you have it! It really pays to be careful with the little things. A little inspection, a little caution definitely goes a long way. Have a safe holiday season!

smoke detector frontSome like it small, others prefer it big. Good thing today, Meiji has added a bigger smoke detector for your selection! Smoke detectors are essential especially for homes whose owners could not personally monitor the kitchen everyday. These smoke alarms prevent fires from getting too hard to handle causing loss or damage.

More so, we recommend this to business owners that use sensitive appliances that can cause fire. Some of which may be  stove, ovens, cooking pans, washing machines, generators and many more.

Smoke is the primary warning before a fire. And if this can be prevented from the start, then what a relief!

Meiji’s New Smoke Detector

The new Meiji MSD-02 has a diameter of approximately 104 mm. With its alarming decibel at more or less 85 per 3 minutes, you can be sure smoke detector backyou would hear it before anything gets burned.

Don’t regret not protecting your loved ones and hard earned possessions. Protect yourselves and install smoke detectors.

Nowadays, it is common to see establishments with smoke detectors that warn people of fire within the vicinity. The humble smoke detector has become pretty much an easy access consumer product that helps people make their own homes much safer without having to shelf out too much money. Of course, as with any other electronic device, they can fail. Therefore, you have to test them every now and then to make sure that they’re working properly.

Testing your smoke detectors

Testing your smoke detectors will ensure that you don’t end up blaming suppliers after you’ve been rendered homeless by a house fire. However, testing them can be a hairy affair, to say the least, since you’re basically simulating what happens when a real fire starts. Therefore, before you even think of testing your smoke detectors, you must first tell everyone in the vicinity about it in order to keep them from panicking. In fact, you can make use of this opportunity to conduct a fire drill as well. It’s taking out two birds with one stone.

Notify beforehand that you’re performing a test

If the smoke detector is hardwired to a security system, notify the company beforehand that you’re performing a test so that you don’t have the fire department coming in and spraying water all over your living room by mistake. Take note that the smoke detector is supposed to be loud enough to awaken even the most sound sleepers in the dead of night. When you’re in dreamland and there’s a fire, it’s imperative that all hell must be unleashed in order to awaken you from your slumber so that you can cart yourself to safety.

Be sure that it can be heard

That means you have to be sure that it can be heard even at the farthest reaches of the house. No dungeon must remain tranquil when the ring of the smoke detector sounds, so have someone go to that distant corner of the house to check if it can be heard, even when doors are closed. In order to coax the alarm, push and hold the test button until it starts coming up with a loud noise. Remember that it’s not supposed to be pleasant, just loud.test smoke detector

Test its smoke-detecting capabilities

To test its smoke-detecting capabilities, you need either something burning or a can of smoke detector test aerosol, which is available in a hardware or home improvement store, hopefully near you. If you can’t find it, then the Internet is a good second option.

If you’re unwilling to buy a can of test aerosol, then you can get a small piece of newspaper and burn it, directing the resulting smoke towards the smoke detector. Of course, you must be very careful when doing this so that you don’t actually start a real fire. That’s actually why buying test aerosol is important in the first place. In the end, it’s a worthy purchase anyway so that you can safely test your smoke detector, which is for safety’s sake in the first place.

Check the batteries

Check the batteries if they are still good, otherwise replace them with new ones that are sure to last for a long time. Also clean the smoke detector now while you have the chance since dirt and grime can impact the performance of the device. Finally, make sure that where it’s positioned is open to where it can access the most air so that when there is actually a fire, it will get to detect it as soon as possible. That does also mean keeping it from the kitchen since you can set it off accidentally if you’re cooking something.

Protect your home and office  from fires in this summer heat. Install smoke detectors.

scary firesDo you know what the scariest thing that can happen in a fire? Some say its loss of possessions, some say burns, while others death. But what about you, what scares you in a fire?

I have not personally witnessed a fire happen to our home by God’s grace. I can only hear of tragic and horrific stories of parents coming home only to find out everything they have worked so hard for, gone in less than 15minutes!

There were also friends and classmates who share their fire experience. They say, it is one that will never be forgotten not only because of the loss but also the indelible mark it left on their skins.

So YOU, who have experienced FIRES that left you discouraged (at the least) and downhearted, and YOU, who DO NOT WANT to experience the damages FIRES can bring, WHAT CAN YOU DO?

Smoke detectors are devices made to detect upcoming danger.

TheseMeiji smoke detector sensors alarm people that there is smoke coming out of a particular area before it becomes too big to handle. This is one of the things that we should NOT hesitate to PURCHASE and install in our homes these days. With sudden changes of temperature and electrical surges happening in our country, smoke detectors could be one simple thing that can PREVENT DANGER from hitting you and your home.

So how can you save yourself and your family with SMOKE DETECTORS??

People inside your home should first be advised of its purpose and what to do when your smoke detectors alarm. Normally, smoke sensors should sound before fire is in its devouring state. So upon the sound of the alarm, users have to check IMMEDIATELY where the smoke is coming from. Once we have, turn the appliance (i.e. stove, air conditioner, flattening iron) completely OFF. And then, also turn off your Meiji smoke detector before your neighbor panics and calls the fire department.

Another instance is that you may have been awakened by the smoke detectors alarm in the middle of the night while everyone’s asleep. So the possibility of smoke building up to a fire is a reality. Now, allow your SMOKE DETECTOR to alarm continuously. (This way, others may also be alerted of the situation.)   Look for the possible cause of the fire and extinguish it. It is also VERY IMPORTANT to REMAIN CALM AND ALERT at this point.  This way, you can figure out your next course of action, such as calling for help, getting your loved ones and/or valuables out of the house and putting off the fire.

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the damaging and depressing effects of fires by alerting you before it happens, allowing you time to put off the fire and also giving you and your home time to react before the fire eats everything up.

I believe we would all agree that our loved ones lives are the most important thing we can save in a fire. Smoke detector first priority is to allow you to pull you and your family out of harm’s way. We’ll never know when this type of misfortune can strike.  You owe it to your family to make sure you have one at home.

Provide your child the same safety offered in their International School in the Philippines. Because their security does not need to come at a greater cost.

In the midst of a potential fire hazard, it is very important to be ALERTED EARLY so that you still have time to decide what’s safe for you and your family. As we say, time is gold. So if we lose this luxury, we have fewer chances of saving our loved ones and/or the things we value.

A smoke alarm is a device used to detect smoke within a certain specific area. They can be installed on a wall or at a ceiling where it can easily detect a fire hazard to avoid danger. At the detection of a fire, this small device buzzes aloud, ALERTING everyone in the area about the smoke. Some also opt to connect their smoke alarms directly to the closest fire departments in order to gain immediate action once fire is sensed.

Here are a few reasons why Smoke Alarms are Necessary:

1. To beat the odds.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, at least 45% of fires take place in a house that DOES NOT have SMOKE DETECTORS. 45% is a HUGE percentage to ignore, especially since these fires can truly END lives.

This article aims to lessen the risk of YOU being part of that 45%, and emphasize why smoke alarms are necessary for your home.

2. Safety and assurance.

What’s your assurance that you and your family are SAFE especially when you’re not on guard at home or awake?  Protecting yourself AT ALL TIMES is essential, especially for a risk as dangerous as a fire. If a fire starts at night when everyone is asleep, let’s just say everyone will definitely NOT have a good morning. Fire is  something you CANNOT CONTROL once its startedBut you can prevent it.

In line with this, smoke detectors should be placed in places where sleeping residents CAN HEAR the alarm.

smoke alarm save livesTip #1: It is also recommended that a house has two exit strategies in the case of a fire.

Tip #2:  Also, do remember to keep your emergency lights’ batteries fresh every 6 months to keep it from malfunctioning during emergencies.

3. Raising alerts.

When there’s a fire at your home and you are not around, your smoke alarm can alert your neighbors of the unfortunate incident. The chances of you being informed as early as possible is higher. And the possibility of RESCUE operations are higher.

Meiji smoke alarm once started can also PREVENT the possible spreading of fire to the neighborhood.

4. Threats that you can’t see.

Another advantage your smoke alarm can bring is that, in case there are people inside the house and it sounds, everyone will be on their toes and will be advised to CUT POWER. Whether this would be the household help cooking, or your sister doing laundry or your dad taking a shower, the alarm sound SHOULD entail IMMEDIATE ACTION. This way, your smoke detector buys you more time to do the things you MUST do in case of fires.