At Bluewater Power, we know that working with electricity can be incredibly dangerous. If you’re planning on working with electricity or using power tools, make sure that you stay safe by following these simple safety tips.
And remember, if you’re ever unsure or concerned about your electricity or electrical equipment, contact a qualified electrician to check them over.
Bluewater Power’s general safety tips for working with or near electricity:
- Inspect all of your tools, power cords, and electrical fittings for damage or wear prior to each use. Repair or replace damaged equipment immediately.
- Only use cords or equipment that is rated for the level of amperage or wattage that you are using.
- Keep an eye out for unusually warm or hot outlets – this may be a sign of unsafe wiring conditions. Unplug any cords to these outlets and do not use them until a qualified electrician has checked the wiring.
- Make sure that you place halogen lights away from combustible materials such as cloths or curtains. Halogen lamps can become very hot and can be a fire hazard.
- Learn and remember where your breakers and boxes are located in case of an emergency.
- Label all circuit breakers and fuse boxes clearly. 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.
- Always tape cords to walls or floors when necessary. Nails and staples can damage cords causing fire and shock hazards.
- Always use the correct size fuse. Replacing a fuse with one of a larger size can cause excessive currents in the wiring and possibly start a fire.
- Always use ladders made of wood or other non-conductive materials when working with or near electricity or power lines.
- Risk of electric shock is greater in areas that are wet or damp. Install Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (CFCI’s) as they will interrupt the electrical circuit before a current sufficient to cause death or serious injury occurs.
- Make sure that exposed receptacle boxes are made of non-conductive materials.
- Do not use power tools with the guards removed.
- Do not block access to circuit breakers or fuse boxes.
- Do not touch a person or electrical apparatus in the event of an electrical accident. Always disconnect the current first.
Checklist for Basic Electrical Safety
Inspect Cords and Plugs
Make sure that you check power cords and plugs daily. If you see signs of wear or damage, dispose of them safely and replace them.
If you come across any cords that feel more than comfortably warm, have them checked by an electrician before you continue to use them.
Eliminate Octopus Connections
Do not plug several power cords into one outlet – this can lead to overheating and electrical fires.
Pull the plug, not the cord.
Do not disconnect power supply by pulling or jerking the cord from the outlet. Pulling the cord causes wear and can lead to an electrical shock.
Never Break OFF the Third Prong on a Plug
Replace broken 3-prong plugs and make sure the third prong is properly grounded.
Never Use Extension Cords as Permanent Wiring
Use extension cords only to temporarily supply power to an area that does not have a power outlet.
Keep power cords away from heat, water and oil. They can damage the insulation and cause a shock.
Do not allow vehicles to pass over unprotected power cords. Cords should be put in conduit or protected.