Importance of Electrical Safety
Knowing proper electrical safety is of course imperative. You may be burned, shocked or worse, could be electrocuted which can then lead to unexpected demise. All of this is a result of not having 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.
Fault in wires are common causes of electrical related problems on a 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. It is a responsible act to check the power tools regularly for any cracks or damages; this way you can avoid being shock.
In case that you have to use extension cords while working on the job site, it is essential that the extension cords are rated for the power voltage being used. If for instance the power tool’s voltage is plugged to an extension cord that is higher than what it needs, then the cord may become hot which can soon lead to electrical fire. It is important to take note that you shouldn’t just plug in several power tools at once into the extension as this too can lead 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. If you or any of your coworkers do this, it can ground the wire which makes it unusable and leave the worker that’s using the equipment to be unprotected from unsuspected shocks. If a 2-pronged outlet is the only outlet available that you can plug into, then it is wiser to use an adapter instead and be sure that its electrical wires are grounded prior to using it.
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. In other words, it gives the cord an extra protection to shield electricity away from anyone who uses the tool. The drills and nail guns are also other common power tools that offer double insulation.
So long as you’re following the basic guidelines for electrical safety when working either with or around electricity, you will be safe be it you are in a construction site or you are on a DIY electrical repair at home.