Though we all use electricity in our homes, we sometimes underrate the level of hazards it can cause.
Electricity can pose serious threats, ranging from electric shocks to fire outbreaks. Even a household current of 120V can cause electrocution. However, you can prevent them by following electrical safety rules.
The National Electrical Code recommends the rules to save electricians from arc burns in their workplace.
And since electricians are at greater risk of electrical burn, they should always wear their personal protective equipment (PPE) before work.
Safety Rules for Electricians
- Never touch an electrical system or appliances with wet hands. Water is an excellent conductor of electricity and can ease electrocution.
- Treat all electrical devices as live, you never know which one carries the current.
- Do not use equipment with damaged insulation or cords for repair.
- Switch OFF the control switch or circuit breaker that leads to your workplace.
- Do not use metallic rules, pencil or wear metallic rings when working in an electrical field.
- Use only tools with insulation handles when working in the electrical field.
- On no account should you wear a loose cloth or tie near electrical equipment.
- If someone is electrocuted, don’t touch the person or the circuit instead, OFF the master switch or circuit breaker.
- Always use an electrician rubber glove and google when working on an electrical system
- Be familiar with the wire code of your country
- Always check all your ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCI) once every month to make sure they are ok. The GFCI shut OFF power whenever there is a ground fault.
- When it is a must to handle an equipment plugged into a circuit, make sure your hands are dry. Also, wear a rubber glove and an insulated shoe.
- Avoid coming into contact with live electrical wires and equipment.