5 Safety Rules for Working with Electrical Equipment
Even if you are an experienced electrician who does your best to maintain safe conditions at work, sometimes that is still not all it takes to keep accidents from happening. Electricity can be dangerous, and it just isn't possible to control the situation all of the time. You have to take all the precautions you can in order to protect yourself and be able to do your work in safety.
That's why safety rules are vital, so that you can reduce the risk to yourself and to those you are working with and around of sustaining an injury or even death from a workplace accident. Here are 5 safety rules which should help protect you if you are working with electrical equipment:
1. Electric Circuits: Whether you work for a small electric company or a larger one like Static Electrical, there is one standard rule for everyone. Do not have touch energized electrical circuits. While you might be tempted to scoff at the simplicity of this rule, just keep in mind that it's necessary to do the ultimate when it comes to electrical safety. Once an accident happens, you do not get a redo so that you can do things right. What's done is done.
2. Electrical Devices: Assume that all electrical devices are live. You can never be absolutely sure, so it's best to error on the side of safety.
3. Power Source: Always disconnect the power source when you are about to repair any type of electrical equipment whatsoever. And when it comes to your tools and equipment, only use ones that have non-conducting handles.
4. Metallic Items: You must never use metallic pencils or rulers while on the job, nor should you wear rings, metal watchbands or the like when dealing with electrical equipment. You may be a professional electrician, but when you get involved with the job, it is extremely easy for this rule to slip your mind. All it takes is one instance.
5. Equipment that is Plugged In: There are times when you will just have to deal with equipment that happens to be plugged in, and when that happens, be certain that you hands are absolutely dry, and where and when you can, wear nonconductive gloves, a set of protective clothes, and even shoes that have insulated soles. Also, whenever you can, unless you would be compromising your safety, you should work with one hand, allowing the other one to stay at your side or even in your pocket, kept safely away from any conductive materials.
By playing it safe like this you will reduce the probability of an accident happening that can cause electrical current to flow through the chest cavity.
To sum things up, electricians and electrical companies, whether large or small like Static Electric, know that working with electricity can be dicey. That is why it is absolutely essential that you do everything you can to protect yourself, whether it means taking a large or small precaution. As the saying goes, and it is so accurate, "Better safe than sorry."