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ESSI Initiative

Hager ESSI: Aligned to Hager groups E3 policy, Hager India has launched ESSI
(Electrically Safe & Smart Installation) initiative. The objective of ESSI is to spread
mass awareness on electrical safety practices to follow & energy efficiency /
saving concepts.


Special care should be taken when using appliances in the kitchen, where the combination of electricity, water, wires and hot surfaces makes it potentially more dangerous. The following Do’s and Don’ts will help to reduce the risk of accidents:

Electrical Safety

  • Do unplug an electric kettle before filling it with water and make sure that the heating element is covered by the water.
  • Check appliances such as kettles and toasters are in good condition.
  • Do not try to take out sandwiches from an electric toaster with a metallic knife.
  • Don’t handle plugs or switches when your hands are wet; dry them first.
  • Don’t clean any appliance like a blender, juicer or kettle whilst it is still plugged in.
  • Do not try to repair damaged cables & equipments on your own, ask an qualified electrician to do it.

Energy Saving

  • In your Kitchen, please ensure that the Plug is at least 30cm away from the sink.
  • Before you leave the kitchen, ensure that your kitchen appliances are switched off.
  • Avoid dry grinding in your food processors (mixers and grinders) as it takes longer time than liquid grinding.
  • Use Microwave ovens as it consumes 50 % less energy than conventional electric / gas stoves.
  • Keep the refrigerator switched off during peak load hours specially in the evening from 6 PM to 8 PM.

  • Don’t put hot or warm food straight into the fridge.
  • Don't keep your refrigerator or freezer too cold mode.
  • Do not keep your refrigerator too close to the wall, make sure there is room behind the refrigerator for air to circulate.
  • Do not keep the refrigerator door open for a long period of time, it reduces the cooling efficiency of the refrigerator.


Electric heaters and Air conditioners are the appliances most often used in the bedroom. It is very important, to carefully read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the heaters and A/Cs you use.

Electrical Safety

  • Air conditioners need to be cleaned at the beginning of every season to keep them running safely & efficiently.
  • Check the ceiling fan regularly for a wobble, which will wear out the motor over time.
  • Smoke alarms saves lives by providing early warning of fire. Smoke alarm should be installed in every room.
  • Make sure light bulbs are screwed in securely. Loose bulbs may overheat.
  • Keep combustible materials away from lamps and other sources of heat.
  • Clothing, curtains, newspapers, etc. can burn or catch fire easily.

  • Never drape clothes over heaters / AC’s.
  • Do not run extension leads or wires under carpets where damage cannot be seen. Ensure there are no trip hazard and are not too close to anything liquid.
  • Do not keep electrical appliances on standby mode at night, always switch them off.

Energy Saving

  • Clean out dust from AC’s from time to time with a vacuum cleaner.
  • Use 5 star rated AC’s as per BEE* for better efficiency, there can be 30% saving in energy consumption.
  • If you have a rechargeable battery, be sure to use the proper battery charger, intended for the size and type of battery you have.
  • Set temperature of AC at 25° C instead of 22°C. You will save 15% of energy without losing on comfort.
  • Use LED lamps instead of CFL over incandescent lamps to reduce energy consumption.

  • Don’t leave your mobile phone on charge all night; it only needs a couple of hours.
  • Do not keep your air cooler very close to the wall, allow enough space for better air circulation.
  • Do not keep the doors and windows open when AC is in use.
  • Do not keep lamps on when you leave the room for an extended period of time.
  • Do not keep lamps & electrical equipments close to the bed, it can fall inadvertently and cause damage.


Special precautions are necessary regarding wiring and the use of appliances in the bathroom. That’s because the wet surroundings pose a greater risk of electric shock than anywhere else in the house.

Electrical Safety

  • Make sure all electric and water heaters in the bathroom are fixed and permanently wired.
  • Use the right Rating RCD in the bathrooms where possibility of getting shock is very high.
  • Incase you have a Jacuzzi or bathtub with a heater, ensure you use the correct protective device for protection incase of an earth leakage.
  • Keep the power socket of the bathroom heater away from the shower so as to ensure that no water splashes on it.

  • Do not switch on /off electric heaters with wet hands.
  • Do not keep damaged wires of heater unattended in the bathroom, always get it repaired immediately.
  • Don’t leave electrical appliances plugged in when they are not in use.
  • Incase of shock to a person in a bathroom, do not touch the person unless you are sure of proper isolation of the person from the electrical circuit.

Energy Saving

  • When using Washing Machine always wash only with full load.
  • Use optimal quantity of water in the Washing Machine.
  • Use 5 star rated Heaters & Boilers to save energy.
  • Use Solar Water Heater - a good replacement for a electric water heater
  • Use proper insulation on pipes which carry hot water.

  • Don’t keep your lights on in the bathroom all the time, use movement sensors to save energy.
  • Do not keep Heaters/Geysers on for a time which is more than necessary.
  • Do not use electric dryers for drying, prefer natural drying.
  • Avoid using a bathtub. A quick shower uses less hot water and saves energy.

Garage / Workshop

Garages and workshops usually have concrete flooring which increases the risk of electric shock. In addition, electric equipment and tools are generally more susceptible to damage here than in other locations around the home.

Electrical Safety

  • All tools & equipments should be protected by the correct residual current device (RCD).
  • Always use a portable light to work under the car that has a body of tough rubber or plastic.
  • Make sure the cable/conductor used is of correct size and has proper insulation.
  • Make sure every electrical installation has effective earthing.
  • Before fitting plug to the socket, socket outlet switch must be in the off condition.

  • No equipment may be used if it is damaged or defective. Such equipment should be clearly labeled and defects reported to the person in charge of the workshop.
  • Do not leave appliances or tools unattended when they are plugged in.
  • Don’t ignore flickering lights, blown fuses or sparks.
  • Don’t overload the outlets, do read appliance labels and calculate how to balance the load.

Energy Saving

  • Use movement detectors to save the energy.
  • Use the correct rating of equipments for given task. Do not use over-rated equipments.
  • Use balanced loads, do not over-load one area of the workshop.
  • Use capacitors for power factor improvement in large workshops.
  • Use electricity powered tools rather than compressed air versions. These will use roughly one tenth of the energy.

  • Do not keep electrical machines on when not in use.
  • Do not put refrigerators in a garage.
  • Do not over-load any appliance, it consumes more energy & reduces the life of the appliance.
  • Do not let dust accumulate on lighting fixtures, it reduces working efficiency & increases energy consumption.


It is very important to consider electrical safety requirements in an office environment. Departmental staff should be trained to be aware of electrical safety and to report equipment which is not working properly to avoid electrical accidents.

Electrical Safety

  • Use the correct RCCB & MCB for optimal safety.
  • Alert staff for need to keep liquid well away from all equipment connected to the electricity supply.
  • Advise staff to disconnect equipment from power supply before mopping up spillages.
  • Call for technician to deal with problems which staff cannot resolve using instructions provided.
  • Use smoke detectors in office.

  • Avoid inserting fingers or metal objects into working parts of office machines.
  • Do not pour water incase of electrical fire, always disconnect the power supply first, incase of fire.
  • Do not use a lift incase of a fire, always use staircases.
  • Do not open the photocopier when it’s switched on.

Energy Saving

  • Measure main energy consumption areas in various locations and whenever possible optimize use of energy.
  • Use presence sensors in cabins & conference room where light can switch on when the person is present.
  • Use movement sensor in corridors, staircases, bathrooms, etc.
  • Use diffused lighting for better efficiency and higher productivity.
  • Set temperature of AC at 25° C instead of 22°C. You will save 15% of energy without losing on comfort.
  • Use natural light whenever possible.

  • Do not keep your Laptop / Mobile / Tablet always on charging mode.
  • Do not keep your computer monitors on standby mode, always switch them off before leaving office.
  • Do not use a lift for climbing to lower floor & for climbing down.
  • Do not use screen savers. It is far more efficient to use the power down settings available.
  • Avoid heating unused spaces such as corridors and storerooms.