Taking necessary precautions will ensure electrical safety in your home, at work or wherever electricity is present. Remember, there are no shortcuts when it comes to electrical safety awareness, and with these helpful tips your safety will always come first. When doing electrical work around your house, always consult a qualified electrician.
You can be severely shocked or electrocuted even from contact with a 120-volt outlet in your home.
Here are some terms you may want to be familiar with:
Use correct size fuses and breakers for circuits. Size refers to a circuit's amperage rating. If you do not know the rating, have a qualified electrician identify and label the sizes to be used.
Disconnect immediately if an appliance blows a fuse, trips a breaker or emits sparks or sizzling sounds. Discard the appliance or have it repaired.
Never overload branch circuits by operating more appliances than the circuits were designed to handle. Remember: Several outlets are usually connected to one branch circuit.
Before plugging in appliances, familiarize yourself with how much of a load common appliances produce on household circuits.
GFCIs work by detecting slight variations in current. If a short occurs, a GFCI will trip in a fraction of a second.
There are three types of GFCIs:
Where are they used? — Ground fault circuit interrupters should be installed where water is present (such as in bathrooms and kitchens), or where easy contact with the ground can be made. However, even with GFCIs, you must still exercise extreme caution around water.
Test — Never modify or bypass a GFCI. Test GFCIs periodically to see that they are working properly. Do this by pressing the red "Test" button on each GFCI.
Trees near power lines can be dangerous. If a snapped or trimmed limb falls onto a power line, do not touch the limb with your hands, a pole or other object. Here are some other tips to keep you safe: