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Meralco ready for Nina, offers stormy weather safety tips

Meralco linemen fixing power lines (file photo)

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MANILA, Philippines -- With severe tropical storm Nina forecast to score a direct hit on its franchise area, the Manila Electric Company said Friday it has placed its personnel on alert “and efforts have been geared up to prepare its systems for an immediate response to power outages” that the storm may cause.

Nina (international name: Nock-Ten) is expected to make landfall Christmas Day and may strike Metro Manila and adjacent regions.

As part of its preparations, the power utility also offered safety tips to consumers.

"As we prepare for Typhoon Nina to land on Christmas day, our crews are on standby to attend to any trouble that may affect our facilities in areas that might be hit by the typhoon,” Meralco spokesman Joe Zaldarriaga said in a statement.

The Meralco franchise area covers over 6 million commercial and residential customers in Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Rizal, and parts of Batangas, Laguna, and Quezon.

Zaldarriaga also said they have “consistently requested billboard owners and operators to temporarily roll their billboards up to prevent these structures from being toppled by the strong winds."

Billboards that fall into electrical facilities are among the main reasons for power outages during strong typhoons, Meralco said. 

It urged consumers to follow these safety tips when using electrical devices and appliances in case of flooding:

  • Ensure the main electrical power switch or circuit breaker is off. Be sure to keep dry at all times while in contact with any electrical facility.
  • Unplug appliances from wall sockets. Turn off permanently-connected equipment and unscrew all lightbulbs if possible.
  • Remove mud and dirt from service equipment or main circuit breaker/fuse and its enclosure using rubber gloves and rubber soled shoes.
  • Make sure all electrical wires, connectors and other wiring devices are completely dry.
  • The wiring system of all appliances must be checked by a licensed electrician. Do not turn on flood-damaged electrical appliances.

Zaldarriaga said it was important to “keep all channels of communication open and ready” and keep mobile phones, laptops, radio and other communications gadgets charged.

Any concerns may be sent through text to 0920-9716211(SMART)/0917-5516211(GLOBE)/0925-7716211 (SUN).

Customers may also get in touch with the Meralco call center at 16211 for emergencies, and visit the firm’s websiteFacebook page and Twitter account for updates. 

 

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