Electrical Safety 101
With electricity being an integral part of our everyday lives, sometimes it’s easy to forget how dangerous living and dealing with it can be—especially on a daily basis.
According to the National Safety Council, more than 600 people die of electrical accidents each and every year. In fact, electrocutions rank fourth in causes of industrial fatalities at 9 percent—behind traffic accidents, construction mishaps and violence.
With most of these accidents involving low voltage of 600 volts or less, it’s important to be aware and stay safe.
Keep in mind, some of the most common accidents include:
- Use of defective & unsafe tools
- Overloading outlets with too many devices
- Not making sure the power is off when making repairs
- Working in elevated positions nearby overhead lines
Be smart! Putting yourself in potentially dangerous situations can cost ultimately you your life.
Even the smallest amount of current can be fatal. For example, a small night light with a 6-watt bulb draws .05 amps of electrical current. This, too, can be potentially hazardous! It’s especially important to keep little fingers away from outlets. Investing in baby proofing supplies, such as outlet covers, can make a big difference.
But, what else can you do to stay safe? It’s easy:
- Don’t use equipment that has been damaged or improperly modified
- Cords should be never be used if showing signs of damage or deterioration
- Use extension cords properly, temporarily & never outlet with too many devices
- NEVER unplug cords by pulling on a wire—pull at the wall, from the base of the cord
- Avoid wearing items such as jewelry & watches—these might could come in contact with exposed, energized parts
- ALWAYS use equipment according to manufacturer’s specifications
- Keep a minimum clearing distance of 10 feet from overhead power lines
- Don’t operate electric tools by touching or standing on a wet surface
- Do your research & be aware—if something feels dangerous, stay away
Always remember, if you have any questions, feel free to contact us.