Working with Electricity: Safety Rules to Live By

Electrical EquipmentWhen you’re working with electricity, you should be aware of its power and potential dangers. You could, however, eliminate these associated dangers by following these safety rules when working on an electrical project at home.

  • First and foremost, always turn off or disconnect the power supply to the electrical circuit you’re planning on working on. Keep in mind that without power to the electrical circuit, you’ll be safe to work on it or any device that’s connected to it.
  • Always test electrical panels, circuits, or devices, etc. prior to touching them to ensure that they’re turned off. An electric circuit tester or voltage tester could determine if the circuit is really turned off before you start taking an outlet or switch out and exposing the electrical wiring.
  • When activating a circuit breaker, you should always position yourself to the electrical panel’s side and turn your head away in case something sparks, flashes, or blows up.
  • Use gloves for safeguarding your hands against sharp points found in tools, electrical panels, boxes, or cables, etc. Opt for rubber gloves, which will adequately protect you from being electrocuted.
  • Always wear safety eyeglasses or goggles to shield your eyes from debris or dust in case there’s drilling or sawing involved in your project. These could likewise safeguard your eyes from tiny debris when you’re cutting electrical wires.
  • Remember to tape over empty circuit breakers, fuse sockets, or the main switch when working. It’s also best to leave a note saying that no one should turn on the power because you’re working. Place fused you have removed inside your pocket for safe keeping.
  • If possible, use only one hand when working and keep your other hand inside your pocket on your side. This will reduce the risk of accidents that could lead to the current passing through your chest.
  • Never touch electrical equipment when your body, hands, or feet are sweating or wet, or when you’re standing on a wet surface.

Keep these simple safety rules in mind to ensure your safety whether you’re changing a light switch or tackling a bigger DIY electrical project — no excuses.