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This 2020 we welcome the year of the Metal Rat, the 1st sign in the Chinese astrology. The Rats personality traits are sensitive with strong self-awareness and persuasive with ready tongue. Though people consider the rat as a nuisance, it ranks first on the Chinese zodiac signs. It has the characteristics of an animal with spirit, wit, alertness, delicacy, flexibility and vitality.
Chinese New Year is one of the most important and festive occasion for the Filipino-Chinese community here in the Philippines. People usually participate in parades and dragon dances that are held in Binondo, Manila (China Town). The most well-known tradition includes fireworks 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 this occasion, you should be reminded of the following electrical precautions:
Do not use firecracker near electrical facilities
It is known that exciting fireworks display are held during these events, but you should always be wary on where you light up your firecrackers. Do not place it near electrical posts or electrical cabinets. It is very dangerous to put it near flammable substances, so you should look for designated places before lighting up fireworks. Also be careful in handling firecrackers, if you don’t know how to use it, it’s better to leave it to the experts.
Keep Candles and Lighting Materials Out of Reach of Children
Keep candles and combustible materials out of reach of children. We may not notice them, but if they play with such dangerous things, it may end up in accidents. Always be attentive to them during the New Year festival or even in other occasions, this way you can ensure the safety of everybody. After all the gatherings, check for smoldering cigarette butts or firecrackers and extinguish it properly to avoid fire accidents.
Invest on Smoke Detector
A smoke detector is a device that detects smoke, typically as an indicator of fire. For household, smoke detectors or smoke alarms are essential to protect your house from fire accidents. You would not know if there will be a sudden firecracker fling in to your house and burn your carpet or curtains. It is better to install a smoke detector, rather than see your house burn to dust.
If you are using lights and sounds to celebrate Chinese New Year, be sure not to overload your electrical outlet. Check first the capacity of each equipment; the Ampere Rating, Wattage and the Voltage that it uses. If the Capacity of your equipment is more than your outlet, try to use AVRs and Step-down transformers. This way you can avoid electrical short circuits that can cause fire or possible electrocution. You should always prioritize your safety before you continue your celebration.
Key Take AwayFilipino-Chinese communities in the Philippines celebrate this Chinese New Year 2020 in hopes of drawing prosperity, closer family bonds and peace. Most Filipino-Chinese families typically clean their homes thoroughly, prepare lucky money in red envelopes, serve sweet foods and display various foods and fruits on a table, which is believed to invite good fortune, but keeping your family safe from accidents is the best resolution you can do this year. So for all the Filipino Chinese Communities, Kiong Hee Huat Tsai!