In recent news, you may have heard about the tragic electrocution accident that killed a young girl. Unfortunately, this accident serves as a yet another reminder of the dangers of electricity. Share the insight and tips for electricity safety below with your friends and family to prevent electricity accidents.
Need To Know
First of all, there is some basic electricity information to know to be able to implement tips for electricity safety. Did you know 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. In fact, a task as simple as changing a light bulb without unplugging the lamp can be hazardous.
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.
Tips To Share
- 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.
- Always use the correct size fuse.
- Use extension cords or equipment that is rated for the level of amperage or wattage that you are using.
- 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.
- Risk of electric shock is greater in areas that are wet or damp.
- Install Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs) as they will interrupt the electrical circuit before a current sufficient to cause death or serious injury occurs.
- 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.
- Do not use outlets or cords that have exposed wiring.
Worth The Call
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