Electrical work is a dangerous profession that takes years of training and experience to do well. When a homeowner elects to take on the task themselves, it can lead to disastrous consequences for their family and home. This blog post will discuss some of the dangers of electrical work and how you can avoid them.
Safely Disconnect Power
Never work on any electrical power source without first disconnecting the circuit. You can accomplish this using a VOM or tester to verify and confirm that you are working with no current to avoid shocking yourself, starting a fire by coming in contact with something hot, or electrocuting someone else nearby.
If the circuit is not clearly labeled, make sure to use a tester or VOM to help you identify which one it is. Make a note of this, and then go back in later with your tools if needed.
When disconnecting power from an electrical source running for some time, first turn off all devices within that circuit. If you are going to be re-using the power source for a different circuit, make sure that circuit is not energized before turning it back on.
It’s important to always double-check your work by testing again with VOM or tester after disconnecting the power and any other time you may come into contact with live electrical power.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact an electrical contractor in your area!
Grounding Your Wires
Grounded wires are the standard for electrical work. All wiring that enters a building and exits should be grounded to avoid accidents or shocks for safety purposes. In addition, grounding protects against electric currents in moist soil by diverting them away from metal objects such as buildings, pipes, railings, and fences.
If you are not sure how to ground correctly, contact a licensed electrician as they will do this for you.
Grounding is an essential step in electrical work because it protects both the person doing the wiring and those who may come into contact with it later or touch objects nearby that have been installed using grounded wires.
Never touch a live wire or allow it to contact anything else. If you do, the charge will go through your body and shock anyone nearby who comes in contact with it as well.
In addition to touching the wires, always wear protective clothing when working with electrical power sources so that if there is an accident, you can avoid getting injured yourself. This includes any footwear, gloves and other clothing that is metal-free.
Your eyes are also vulnerable if you’re not careful so when working with electrical power sources or live wires, make sure to wear protective eyewear as well!
It’s important to work safely around electricity at all times for the sake of both your safety and others in the vicinity.
Although the dangers of electrical work are never a laughing matter, it is important to know how electricity can affect you and what precautions must be taken. We hope this blog has educated you on some of the common mistakes people make when working with or around high voltage electric currents. If there’s anything else we didn’t cover in our post, feel free to reach out!