Easy Ways to Prevent Electrical Hazards

Working with electricity, as we all know, can be a hazard even for professionals. There are many scenarios that even experienced professionals may fail to account for which can lead to an accident. No one can really predict anything when it comes to electrical hazards. The experienced electricians know what to expect but as far as knowing the exact outcome, no one can be certain. To avoid any accidents, the best thing to do is to practice safety precaution all the time. Even the most mundane safety precautions should be practiced always. These safety precautions are there for a reason. They are there to

Only hire professionals

Unless you don’t want any guarantee to the electrical work you need, only hire licensed electricians. Hiring professionals would guarantee that proper safety precautions are used ensuring safety for all parties involved. There are some repairs that you can do on your own though, check this out this article.


GFCI or Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter protection is needed at every plugin point. It can be the difference between life and death. GFCI’s stops the current flow if it detects that the current is flowing on an unintended path.

Check every component before use

Make sure that insulations are completely intact and free from abrasion. Make sure that the extension cables are now knotted together to reduce the risk of fire.

Check tools on a regular basis

You should regularly check your tools to see if they have been damaged through constant use. Check for any signs of damage to the insulation, grounding pin, or blades. If you see any excessive wear and tear damage, take your tools out and have them repaired first before using.

Check for damaged insulators

Once the insulation layers become damaged, it can lead to a fire hazard. Once the insulation layers are compromised, the tool is no longer effectively insulated where it becomes an electric conductor instead of insulator. If you want to ensure your safety, you need to have your tools repaired as soon as possible if you suspect that something is wrong.

Protect your extension cords

If you are laying out your extension cords, make sure they are protected. If the extension cords are constantly being run or driven over, the insulation layers may get compromised exposing the wires inside. You don’t want that to happen because it can electrocute you.

Keep your working station dry

One of the cardinal rules of electrical safety is to never mix electricity and water. Store all your tools in a place where you can guarantee that they won’t get wet. Never use your electrical tools in wet environment.