Always Stay Safe around Electricity
Summer is not only great for backyard barbecues, but it is the perfect time to finish some of those projects around your home that you have postponed all year. As you pull out the power tools and extension cords, chances are you won’t be thinking about the dangers of electricity.
Practice the following safety tips to prevent electrical injuries around your home:
- Never work with electric power tools in wet or damp conditions.
- Always look for nearby power lines before you begin to cut down any trees or trim any branches.
- Ensure that extension cords are in good conditions and that they are not overloaded. They should be used only temporarily, and they should have safety closures to help protect children from electrical shock. Never run extension cords through walls, across doorways, or under rugs or furniture.
- Unplug electrical tools and disconnect spark-plug wires on gasoline powered tools before making adjustments or clearing jams.
- Check for loose fitting plugs that can overheat and lead to fire. Never remove the ground pin to make a three-prong plug fit into a two-conductor outlet, because it could lead to electrical shock. Also, never force a plug into an outlet if it does not fit.