The Do’s & Don’ts of Electrical Safety

by Westridge Electric

Safety signs showing electrical shock warning

Electrical safety is a mostly preemptive approach to protecting yourself and others from potentially fatal injuries caused by electrocution, electric shock, heat, and falls. If you are unsure if your business or home has proper safety measures in place for their electrical systems, contact Westridge Electric for an electrical inspection.

Why is Electrical Safety Important?

The available electrical current and the voltage of the electricity in regular businesses and homes have enough power to cause death by electrocution. Something as simple as changing a light bulb of a lamp without unplugging it can be hazardous because coming in contact with the “hot,” “energized,” or “live” part of the socket could kill a person.

Some Things to Know About Electricity

All electrical systems have the potential to be dangerous. Electricity can be either static or dynamic:

An electric current cannot exist without an uninterrupted path to and from a conductor. When you plug in a device, the electricity takes the easiest path from the plug-in to the tool, and back to the power source. This action is known as creating or completing an electrical circuit.

Man experiencing electrocution after removing electric plug at home

What Kinds of Injuries Can Occur Due to Poor Electrical Safety?

There are four main types of injuries: electrocution (fatal), electric shock, burns, and falls. These injuries can happen in various ways:

General Safety Tips for Working With or Near Electricity

Checklist for Basic Electrical Safety

1. Inspect Cords and Plugs

  • Extension cords and plugs should be checked and monitored daily. Do not use broken or worn-out cords and plugs, and discard them immediately.
  • If an extension cord feels more warm than normal, get it checked by an electrician.

2. Eliminate Octopus Connections

3. Do not Break Off the Third Prong on a Plug

4. Never Use Extension Cords as Permanent Wiring

Checklist A Professional

Always contact a professional electrical contractor for electric problems and practice electric safety while working on a project at home.