May is National Electrical Safety Month. As convenient as electricity makes our lives, it has a spectrum of potential dangers and hazards. It is crucial to be knowledgeable about the possible dangers that are behind simple tasks like plugging in a tool to the importance of inspecting your cords.
Around the office or out in the field, here are a few tips to electrical safety:
Before plugging in tools, always inspect the cords for any frays, cuts, exposed wires, or burns.
Keep electrical appliances away from water. NEVER reach for an appliance that has fallen into water or unplug it.
Look for overhead powerlines while working with ladders or mobile equipment.
Don’t run cords through windows, doorways, or anywhere high traffic could damage the cord.
Remember extension cords are not for continuous use and should be put away after every use.
Regardless of your job and tasks, electrical safety should be apart of every plan. Planning ahead to eliminate the hazards before they occur. Shut off breakers, unplug tools, and protecting cords. Being proactive is key to electrical safety.
Don’t fall victim to an electrical injury. If you have any questions regarding electrical safety, STEP would be happy to help. Contact us at (270)753-6529 to assist in your needs today.
Source: Edison Electric Institute