EMSD and industry jointly promote safety and energy efficiency

The community should strive to "know more and do better" in electrical and mechanical safety and energy efficiency in their daily lives, said the Director of Electrical and Mechanical Services, Mr Stephen Chan, today (October 17).

He made the remarks at the opening ceremony of the E&M Safety Carnival at Victoria Park, Causeway Bay.  The phrase "know more and do better" is the theme of the event this year.

Also officiating at the ceremony was the Permanent Secretary for the Environment, Ms Anissa Wong.

The E&M Safety Carnival 2009, held today and tomorrow (Oct 18), is a highlight of the E&M Safety Campaign 2009.  The annual E&M Safety Campaign, organised by the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department (EMSD) since 2001, has become one of the largest public education activities in Hong Kong.

The campaign aims to enhance the community's awareness of safety and energy efficiency and promote good practices in the use of electrical appliances and installations, gas appliances, lifts and escalators, amusement rides and railways. Thirteen organisations from various industries have participated in the campaign this year.

The campaign also encourages the community to cultivate safe and energy efficient habits from a young age.  Apart from using traditional media, the department continues to engage children and teenagers via the Internet, by launching a website  (www.emsd.gov.hk/emsd/emsafetycampaign09/), advertising on popular teenager social websites, and holding an online quiz competition.  A new initiative this year is commissioning a composer to produce a campaign theme song, so that the music and lyrics may help further spread the campaign messages.

Mr Chan thanked the 13 organisations for their strong support  for the campaign this year to promote electrical and mechanical safety and energy efficiency in Hong Kong.

The EMSD is the regulatory agency that enforces electrical, mechanical, gas and railway safety laws and regulations in Hong Kong.  It also promotes energy efficiency and wider use of renewable energy.  Public education is an important aspect of its work. The department has been actively reaching out to different community sectors via the mass media, publicity channels and visits to schools and elderly homes to help them cultivate good habits in safety and energy efficiency.

Ends/Saturday, October 17, 2009
Issued at HKT 15:31