If you are working with electricity and electrical supplies, it’s very important to make sure you are complying with recommended safety precautions. Whether you are an electrician, or a do-it-your-selfer, working with electricity can be a very dangerous undertaking. Here are some general rules you should be aware of and follow when you are working with electricity.
- Make sure your electrical supplies are in good condition. Do not work with frayed cords, damaged insulation or broken plugs.
- Take precautions when working on underground cabling. The digging that occurs can damage the wiring so be sure to wear insulated gloves. The damp soil surrounding the cable and ground faults can also be potentially dangerous.
- GFCI’s can be useful when doing electrical work as they protect against electric shock. They are designed to disconnect when they sense over current or short circuit faults. Be sure your GFCIs are properly connected and in working order monthly.
- Always turn off the mains when you are working on any electrical device in the home. It’s a good idea to put a sign on the service panel to let passerby’s know work is being done so nobody accidentally turns the panel back on.
- Be sure hands are dry when working with electricity. Water increases conductivity and should be avoided at all costs.
- Never use an aluminum or steel ladder when working with electricity. As these are conductors of electricity, an electrical surge can ground you causing the electrical current to pass through your body. Opt for ladders made of bamboo, wood, or fiberglass instead.
- When thinking about electrical supplies to use while performing electrical work, consider insulated tools.
- If you are going to be doing any soldering while working with electricity, be sure to take the appropriate safety precautions. Wear goggles and stay away from the fumes. Keep the iron in its stand when not in use and be aware that the iron can get extremely hot and cause burns.
- Put a cap on the hot or live wire on an electric board or service panel. The bare ends of the live wire could short circuit with the neutral. The cap will insulate the ends of the cable and prevent shock if they are touched accidentally.
Working with electricity can be extremely dangerous, but taking the proper precautions when doing electrical work, and using the correct electrical supplies can decrease your risks of injury considerably. When considering what electrical supplies to use, look for a reliable electrical supply store. If you are buying electrical supplies online, be sure that you read the description carefully so you know the product will be the right one for your job. Electricians may consider buying products at electric wholesale suppliers. Good luck staying safe when performing your next electrical task!