Lately, it seems there have been many tragic, unfortunate electricity accidents. Most times, these accidents can be prevented with the right knowledge and respect of electricity. Learn more about electricity safety to keep you and those nearby safe and shock-free.
First of all, it is important to note that electricity is dangerous by nature. Given this danger, it is always best to trust a licensed professional.
Static VS Dynamic
Electricity takes two forms, either “static” or “dynamic.” Static electricity is accumulation of charge on surfaces as a result of friction with another surface. Dynamic electricity is the uniform motion of electrons through a conductor. Conductors are materials that allow the movement of electricity through it. Most metals are conductors, but the human body is also a conductor.
Did you know a task as simple as changing a light bulb without unplugging the lamp can be hazardous? In fact, the voltage of electricity and the available electrical current in regular businesses and homes has enough power to cause death. Simply coming in in contact with the “hot” or “live” part of an electrical socket could kill a person.
Electricity Safety Tips
- Do not use outlets or cords that have exposed wiring.
- Install Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs) as they will interrupt the electrical circuit before a current sufficient to cause death or serious injury occurs.
- Always use the correct size fuse.
- Look out for unusually warm or hot outlets. This may be a sign that unsafe wiring conditions exists. Do not use these outlets until they can be professionally inspected.
- Always tape, don’t staple or nail, extension cords to walls or floors when necessary.
- Inspect portable cord-and-plug connected equipment, extension cords, for damage before each use. Do not use anything if it seems to be worn or damaged.
- Use extension cords or equipment that is rated for the level of amperage or wattage that you are using.
- Risk of electric shock is greater in areas that are wet or damp.
- Use a portable in-line Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) if you are not certain that the receptacle you are plugging your extension cord into is GFCI protected.
- In case of emergency, know where the panel and circuit breakers are located. Be sure these panels are accurately labeled as well. Each switch should be positively identified as to which outlet or appliance it is for.
Be Safe, Not Sorry
Safety is something our team at TRS prioritizes and wants to share with our customers, and as previously mentioned, it is always best to trust a licensed professional when it comes to electricity. It simply isn’t worth the risk – be safe, not sorry.
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