Electrical Safety For Everyday Life
With electricity being an integral part of our lives, sometimes its easy to forget how dangerous it can actually be. According to the National Safety Council, 600 people die of electrical causes yearly. In fact, electrocutions rank fourth in causes of industrial fatalities at 9 percent, behind traffic and construction accidents and violence. With most of these accidents involving low voltage of 600 volts or less, it’s important to stay safe.
- Use of defective and unsafe tools
- Overloading outlets with too many appliances
- Not verifying power is off when making repairs
- Working in elevated positions nearby overhead lines
Putting yourself in potentially dangerous situations can cost you your life. Even a small amount of current can be fatal. For instance, a small night light with a 6-watt bulb draws .05 amps of electrical current and can be potentially hazardous.
- Do not use equipment that has been damaged or improperly modified.
- Cords should be completely free of damage and deterioration.
- Use extension cords properly and temporarily.
- Do not unplug cords by pulling on a wire.
- Avoid wearing items such as jewelry and watches that might 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.
- Do not operate electric tools by touching or standing on a wet surface.
To learn more about keeping yourself safe and free from electrical hazards, visit:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Worker Deaths by Electrocution
- Right Diagnosis: Electrocution