As Electrical Safety Month comes to a close, it is important to remember to keep safety at the forefront at work and at home. We want everyone safe and sound year-round.
Here are some do’s and don’ts to remember and to share with your customers:
- Read and follow electrical equipment instruction manuals prior to use.
- Use safety signs, barricades and tags to identify and protect electrical equipment.
- Only use extension cords as a last resort.
- Use waterproof cords in an outdoor application.
- Contact a certified electrician when electrical repair is needed.
- Keep things that burn, like scarves or other clothes, off lamps.
- Keep curtains away from lightbulbs. They can get hot and start a fire.
- Keep cords from under carpets where people walk on them. They can wear out and cause a fire.
- Use a lightbulb with the right number of watts.
- Heat-producing appliances such as a toaster, coffeemaker, iron or microwave oven draw a lot of electricity. Plug only one heat-producing appliance in each outlet to prevent wiring from overheating.
- Pull the plug not the cord.
- Inspect your home for hidden electrical hazards.
- Make sure that all receptacle outlets and switches have wallplates/faceplates.
- Call a qualified electrician or the landlord if you have:
- Frequent problems with blowing fuses or tripping circuit breakers.
- A tingling feeling when you touch an electrical appliance.
- Discolored or warm wall outlets.
- A burning or rubbery smell coming from an appliance.
- Flickering or dimming lights.
- Sparks from an outlet.
- Don’t overload outlets by using splitters.
- Don’t touch electrical equipment, including power cords, with wet or damp hands.
- Don’t allow dirt, grease or dust to accumulate on electrical equipment.
- Don’t use temporary wiring in place of permanent wiring.
- Don’t use cords or equipment that are not properly grounded.
- Don’t climb the fence around an electrical substation, ever.
- Don’t yank an electrical cord from the wall.
- Keep electrical items far away from water.
- Don’t place heavy items on top of a cord. The weight can wear out the cord and possibly cause a fire.
Top Causes of Arc Faults
- Wire insulation chewed by rodents
- Overheated wires or cords
- Pinched/pierced wire insulation
- Loose or improper connections
- Damaged electrical appliances
- Cracked wire insulation from age, heat, corrosion or bending stress
- Frayed appliance or extension cords
Other Tips and Facts for Electrical Safety
- Some of the leading causes of electrical accidents in offices include unsafe installations, faulty or defective equipment and equipment misuse (especially involving surge protectors, power strips and extension cords).
- Use proper gloves with rubber insulation and the appropriate tools.
- Determine and obey work safety boundaries to protect against arc flash and shock. Ensure your electrical safety by always wearing arc-rated gear with a face shield.
- A ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) should be used with plugged-in tools and extension cords at all times.
- Mitigate electrical hazards by using the proper personal protective equipment (PPE) and engineering controls.
- Arcing accounts for most home electrical fires. Arc-fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs) protect against fire by monitoring the electrical current in a circuit and shutting off the circuit when unintended arcing occurs. AFCIs should be installed in your home. If not, have a professional electrician install them for you.
- Avoid running extension cords across doorways or under carpets. Consider having additional circuits or outlets added by a qualified electrician so you do not have to use extension cords.
- In homes with small children, make sure your home has tamper-resistant (TR) receptacles.
- If outlets or switches feel warm or you have frequent problems with blowing fuses, tripping circuits or flickering or dimming lights, call a qualified electrician.
- Make sure your home has GFCIs in the kitchen, bathroom(s), laundry, basement and outdoor areas.
- Store your electrical tools indoors and away from children.
At Border States Electric, safety is not just a priority, it is a value.
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