15 ways to stay safe while working with electricity

safe with electricity

The best way to stay safe when working with electricity is to not work with it at all. However, this is rarely practical and so we have provided a list of things you can do to stay safe from electrical hazards.

Although there are specific regulations that detail the procedures that need to be followed during works involving electricity, these points may also help you:

1) Always disconnect the mains supply before starting any wiring-related job. This includes things like pulling of light switches or even changing a bulb on your ceiling fan. Even if you’re just touching them! Make sure every device (TVs, video games, etc) is unplugged as well – don’t take chances here. Double-check everywhere for exposed wires before removing wall hangings or moving furniture.

2) Use insulated tools to work with electrical wires and appliances. Make sure all your screws are the right sort of metal so that they’re not conducting electricity at any point while you tighten them onto a wire. It’s also good practice to use a non-conductive material on the handles of these tools too, if possible since a lot of electricians want to get away with as much as they can when working with electricity without giving it too much thought or worry about safety standards.

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3) Always make sure you know exactly what the circuit looks like before tacking anything up / adding new wires into it.  Use conductivity testers to check for this (make sure it works before using). If there’s an exposed wire, you could accidentally step on it or touch it with a live screwdriver. It’s best to cut off any “extra” wires that are hanging out of the circuit and make sure not to put anything in the same place as what was there before until everything is connected up again.

4) Always use light bulbs that have an extra safety feature (called a fuse). These fuses blow if something goes wrong, hopefully stopping your house from burning down! If you’re having trouble getting this sort of bulb working, ask someone who knows what they’re doing (if available). Otherwise, just get some normal if you don’t want to take chances.  5) Please, please do not work with electricity if you’ve been drinking alcohol or taking drugs. You don’t want to be putting your life at risk and you definitely don’t want to hurt anyone else!

5) Never assume anything when working with electricity! If it could go wrong, it will probably go wrong when you are not expecting it too. Double-check that everything is disconnected before touching any wires or appliances (even the fridge). Don’t trust installed circuit breakers either – these things often break themselves if they have been tripped (no pun intended!) frequently enough so make sure you have a combination breaker switch/circuit breaker combo unit which lets you know exactly what’s going on. 

6) When wiring up plugs/sockets for new items in your home, never use the ground pin (third one in). This is not always necessary for the plug to function, and even if it is, there’s a chance that you’ll cause an electrical shock or worse.

7) When working with chandeliers or other hanging electrical items, make sure they’re well supported. It would be terrible if one of those heavy things came crashing down while you were touching it! 

8) Never mess around with any wiring when your hands are wet. Having water on your skin could mean you have an accidental electric shock from the current running through your skin thus leading to serious injury or even death. 9) Get a carbon monoxide detector! This sounds like a joke but people die every year from this gas undetected by neighbors or even family members. It happens a lot during the winter months when people leave their heating on without any windows open.

10) Don’t use power tools near electrical wires, especially if they’re not insulated to start with! Even the blades of your lawnmower could cause an accidental electric shock or injury if you don’t keep a safe distance from the wires/circuits in your home.

11) When a circuit fuse breaks out, it’s typically because too much current (amps!) has been drawn by something that is plugged into it: make sure there isn’t anything else apart from what should be in this circuit which may be using up electricity while everything is switched off! If there’s nothing wrong, just switch everything back on and hope that the fuse hasn’t been changed yet. If it has, gets a new one and check what’s using up current next time you have to replace the fuse.

12) Keep water away from your wiring! This is especially true when you’re working with a toaster or washing machine plugs in kitchens: no matter how careful you are, it’s easy for some small amount of water to spurt out and onto wiring which can cause electrical shocks, burns, and even fires. Just remember not to put any sockets too close to sinks or near any place where water may come gushing out (like a lawnmower).

13) Make sure that every socket’s internal connections work properly before screwing them into place / adding wires/making holes in walls. Often this means that you need to get someone who knows what they’re doing to test each one but it’s better than finding out after you’ve finished the whole thing!

14) When working with cables, try not to bend them too sharply or pull on them too much as this may damage their core and cause short-circuiting. Instead, make sure that your power cables have enough slack so that when plugged into a plug/outlet, there is still some space between the cable itself and any metal parts of the plug/outlet. 

15) If something feels wrong while using electricity (like if something smells like burning), turn everything off immediately and inspect what’s happened! After all, having regular surges of power going through your wiring can cause a fire to start if you’re not careful.

These 15 are just the top tips that I could give, but there’s no end to the number of things that can go wrong if you’re not careful while using electricity. Always be aware of what you’re doing, and don’t rush or try to save time as this is far more dangerous than taking your time and being a bit slower in completing the job!

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