It is an obvious fact that we Filipinos have to get ready for tropical storms especially during the months of June to September. Not only the recent Tropical Storm “Mario” caused a deluge in Metro Manila, it also exposed and highlighted dangers for us.
A medical student at the University of Sto. Tomas and a hotel employee died after being electrocuted along España Boulevard in Sampaloc, Manila on Friday, September 19, 2014.
The first victim, 22-year-old student, was electrocuted at around 2 p.m., in the middle of the flood in the area. On another place, the second victim, was electrocuted at around 7:30 p.m., while he was passing through Maceda Street at the corner of España Boulevard.
According to a report by a police officer, first aid responders from the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) tried to revive the first victim and brought him to the UDMC Hospital where he was declared dead. The other victim on the other hand,was seriously injured.
If only these areas acquired a breaker which can prevent ground faults, this incident would have been avoided. We in Meiji adhere the importance of having protective circuit breakers.
Earth Leakage Circuit Breakers (ELCBs) are protective breakers of high performance when it comes to preventing ground faults and short circuits. When an imbalance of 30, 100, 200, or 500 milliampere is detected, ELCB automatically cuts off the power line to prevent further damages. It can even detect small stray voltages on the metal enclosures of electrical equipment, and interrupts the circuit if a dangerous voltage is detected.
Meiji Electric carries high quality ‘LS’ brand ELCBs from Korea. Available from 15 to 800 amperes, Meiji Electric can supply you with the load you require. Small businesses can benefit from the protection given by ELCBs. Employees and customers can be protected from very dangerous ground faults which may cause injuries or worse, death, just like what was stated from the news.
ELCBs are best to be utilize by large industries particularly those which involve wet working areas. Research laboratories, resorts, water irrigation companies, water parks and other related industries can benefit from the protection given by ELCBs. Large industries use ELCBs to distinguish high sensitivity current operated 3 phase devices that trip in the milliamp range from traditional 3 phase ground fault devices that operate at much higher currents.
For high reliability ground fault protection, upgrade now your breakers to ELCBs. Accidents may happen anytime. An advanced prevention is always better than prepared remedy. Don’t hesitate to invest for safety. At the end of the day, you wouldn’t want to risk your life for such accidents.