Basics of Electrical Safety
It is imperative to know proper electrical safety, of course for some safety reasons. Not doing so can cause shocks, burns or on worst case scenario, be electrocuted that may lead to one’s death. What’s sad is that, all these scenarios are preventable given that the person has the training and knowledge on electrical safety. Having said that, when you are working with or around electricity, it is integral that you make yourself aware of it even on the basics.
Faulty wiring is a very common cause of various electrical related problems on the job site. With this, it is essential that you or anyone working in the premises know how to properly use power tools because not doing so can damage the equipment actually. Power tools must not be picked up by its cords as it may weaken the wires which can fray eventually. You can avoid shocks on these power tools simply by checking it for any cracks or damages on a regular basis.
It is integral that the extension cords are being rated for the power voltage used if ever you have to use extensions on the job site. As a matter of fact, plugging a power tool to an extension cord that has higher voltage than what it needs can make it become hot that could then lead to electrical fire. It is your responsibility to take note that you must not be plugging a number of power tools at once to an extension as this at the same time can result to electrical fire.
There are pieces of equipment that use three pronged plugs and some think that it’s okay to take out the third one to fit it to a two pronged outlet. Sa a matter of fact, taking out the ground wire can make it unusable and at the same time, it leaves the worker using the equipment vulnerable to shocks. Say that the only outlet available on site is a 2-pronged outlet, then it will be better actually to make use of an adapter and see to it that the electrical wire is grounded.
There are several tool manufacturing companies know the significance of electrical safety. As a result, most of the power tools used commonly on a job site is double insulated. What is meant by this is that, the cord has additional layer of protection which shields electricity away from the one who’s using it. Some common power tools that are also offering double insulation are drills and nail guns.
It is integral to follow the basic guidelines for electrical safety whenever you are working with or around electricity because this will lessen the odds of unsuspecting injuries or any issues related to electricity.