Floods: Electrical Engineering Teachers, Students and Electricians Offer Free Wiring Checks to Victims

SEPANG: Check the main switch as well as the socket, make sure it is not wet or covered in mud before using electrical appliances, advises Syed Mohd Aizuddin Tuan Sembak, lecturer in electrical wiring, at the flood victims when they return home.

The experienced volunteer, with a background in electrical engineering, said that in some cases the earth leakage circuit breaker (ELCB) in the main switch could still be wet or covered in mud and could cause an electric shock when it was on.

“If it is wet, do not turn it on. If the plug or socket is still wet but we turn it on, there may be a power failure, and we are afraid that the electrical equipment may be damaged while the user is exposed to danger.

“That’s why we traveled to several flood-affected locations to check the main switches and outlets in each flood victim’s home free of charge. We only need a minimum of two minutes to check the taken and five minutes for the ELCB,” he said. said during his recent meeting with Bernama.

He said more than 600 people across the country, qualified in electrical engineering, had joined forces under Komuniti Teknikal Islam Malaysia (Komtech), a non-governmental organization (NGO), to provide inspection services free of charge. electrical wiring in residential areas affected by flooding. costs.

As the floods began to recede, teams known as skuad baik pulih or SBP (repair team) traveled to Sepang, Shah Alam, Hulu Langat, Bentong, Temerloh and Karak.

“This post-flood mission is our first program and is definitely a new experience for us,” said Syed Mohd Aizuddin, who has 12 years of experience in the field.

Meanwhile, Melaka Polytechnic teacher Ahmad Fauzi, 43, said the experience gave him real exposure to the method of electrical wiring that was previously only taught in the classroom.

“I have been teaching electrical engineering since 2004. It can be said that it is quite an experience to see the condition of main switches and sockets after being submerged in flood water. Once the flood recedes, it there is dry mud in this compartment. In the classroom, there is no such experience,” he said.

Meanwhile, Mohd Sofian Simat, 40, an electrician, said he decided to take part in the volunteer program in hopes of alleviating the burden of flood victims through knowledge of home wiring that he studied at Giat MARA in Jelebu.

“I hope I can make the best use of my knowledge,” he said.

Mohamad Anwar Irham Yosri, 25, a final-year electrical engineering student at Universiti Tenaga Nasional (Uniten), described Komtech’s initiative as a real exposure to students like himself.

“I had an industrial training in a hotel in Putrajaya. However, this experience as a volunteer tested my skills in repairing electrical wiring after the flood, because it is different from theory ( learned),” he said.

Sharing Anwar Irham’s sentiment, 17-year-old Mohamad Afzai Azram, an electrical technology engineering student at Tengku Ampuan Afzan Vocational College, Bentong, said that by volunteering for the program he had gained new knowledge.

“Other (experienced) volunteers gave me a lot of advice because I’m one of the youngest here,” he said. – Bernama