Common Sense Electrical Safety Tips for Consumers

While electrical safety tips may seem like second nature to those of us who work with electricity year round, it’s not such common knowledge to the general public and consumers. Here are some tips geared specifically for the average person on the street to help you stay safe when dealing with electricity in any form.
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• Know your utility company’s number and always call before you dig. To be sure you know where underground power lines may be located, contact your utility office and ask them to take a look. Allow at least a couple days notice before you plan to dig.
• Keep electric tools and equipment away from water. This means your swimming pool, a bucket of water sitting on the porch, or a sprinkler you have laying in the yard.
• Be aware of power cords and electrical lines all around. This applies not only on personal appliances, tools and equipment, but also to electrical lines that carry power to your home or garage. Watch for lines when using especially long handled tools or ladders.
• Play it safe. Keep model airplanes, kites and other high-flying toys away from power lines. It’s best to play in an open area as far from trees and electrical lines as possible.
• Keep tools and equipment in good repair. Be sure any item you use around the home has a power cord free of fraying, breaks or cracks. Never use equipment with a damaged plug or cord. You’re just waiting for an accident to happen when you do.
• Trim with caution. Tree limbs hanging over a power line can be dangerous, but extreme caution is needed when removing or trimming them. Contact your utility company before cutting limbs that could fall or affect an electrical line.
• Never become too comfortable with electricity. While you shouldn’t walk around in fear for your life just because you’re near a power line or using an electrical device, you should also avoid becoming so comfortable with them that you forget how dangerous electricity can be when mishandled. Use appropriate caution and be aware of the potential for harm.
• Don’t plug too many cords into one electrical outlet. Some people have been known to add multiple surge protectors and adapters into one outlet. These items are not designed to be used that way. Instead use only one such adapter or cord in each outlet and have additional outlets installed if necessary to cover the need for additional plugs.
• Use outlet protectors to keep children from poling things into a wall outlet. Not only can putting something into an outlet that doesn’t belong harm your child, but it can cause a fire as well. Keep your child and your home safe with an inexpensive plastic outlet cover that protects and safeguards electrical outlets.
These and other safety tips for dealing with electricity around your home can help keep your family and your household safe from electrical shock and fire. Some of the tips may sound like common sense, but many injuries are caused every day by people forgetting to use them.
Author Bio:
There is a lot to electrical safety and Barry Atkins is on it. Writing for PAT Services, he covers all manner of topics from installation to portable appliance testers. Connect with Barry on Google+.

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  1. Alex Leclerq says

    Thanks for the info. I’ve been looking for a current sensor for a while

    1. Kingsley Felix says

      Your welcome am glad you like it

  2. James says

    Electricity is powerful and it can jolt a person with its voltage. It is important to call for professional help when dealing with electricity.

  3. Kingsley says

    Hey james thanks for this tips it was helpful

  4. Alan Murfee says

    We should always keep a note on these small and meaningfull safety tips to get protected from electricial hazards. Thank you for sharing with us.

    1. Kingsley Felix says

      Thank you, am glad you like this post

  5. Chris says

    Keeping electrical stuffs far away from water and staying away from substations and transformers are also important in order to get safe form electric shocks. I like your helpful tips! Thanks for posting.

  6. James says

    People forget electricity kills, is what must be remembered is that you should always have a electrical safety check on your home every 5 years to make sure you are safe.

    1. Mike says

      Good read. There are so many electical safety devices which make you safer these days such as the introduction of RCDs in fuse boards. As already stated you should have your electrical installation checked every 5 years just to be safe.

  7. Gielowski says

    This blog sure is a useful information when it comes to electrical safety. Playing with electricity will be very dangerous if you’re experimenting on it. Knowing the safety guideline on how to manage electricity is a good thing. With these electrical safety tips, it sure will give you enough knowledge on how you manage electricity.

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