Electrical Safety Guide

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Electrical Safety Guide

This Electrical Safety Guide is designed to be especially useful for electricians – I know, you’ve had training, but be honest, familiarity breeds a little contempt and it can be tempting to try and cut corners can’t it? Read this and remind yourself why it’s a bad idea! It’s also helpful to anyone else who is thinking about doing a few electrical jobs around the house.

  • Fuses – don’t try to remove or change any fuse until you’re sure that the circuit switch is either disconnected or open. Use an approved fuse puller to remove fuses so that you always break the contact on the “hot” side first of all. If you are replacing a fuse put it onto the fuse clip at the load side first, then the line side.
  • GFCI’s – Ground Force Circuit Interrupters – protect anyone working with electricity by detecting any potentially dangerous ground faults and disconnecting the power quickly from the circuit.  It is required to install GFCI’s in houses, motels, hotels, marinas, construction sites, close to swimming pools, hot tubs, fountains and underwater lighting etc.
  • Electrical shocks generally happy to people who ought to know better (you know who you are). It isn’t the amount of voltage in the shock which can kill you surprisingly, it’s the amount of current. Even household devices can potentially kill – you have been warned.
  • Electric shocks occur when a person either comes into contact with 2 conductors of a circuit, or the body becomes an actual part of the circuit. Severe electric shocks can make the heart stop, cause burns (particularly at the point of entry and exit of the body), can stop the lungs from working properly. All electricians should have basic knowledge of CPR so that they can help co-workers if necessary.
  • Electrical machinery must be made completely safe before it can be inspected, repaired or serviced. This doesn’t just mean pulling out the plug either! The equipment also needs to be tagged out or locked out.  Lockout means removing the source of electrical power and fitting a lock so that it can’t be switched back on – Tagout is the simple operation of putting a tag in place which clearly states that the equipment can not be used until the tag has been removed. You really can’t assume that everybody knows what’s going on all of the time, sometimes a tag is all it takes to keep you safe.

Electricity is dangerous stuff, but can be safe when handled properly.

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