Safety Precautions when working with Electricity
- Keep Distance
You do not want to feel the power of electricity. If you don’t know how to work with electricity at first. Then maintain a certain distance from energized circuits.
- Never underestimate the power of electricity
You would not like to underestimate the power of electricity in any condition. So always work with electricity carefully and pretend as the electricity flow is always there.
Always make sure you have shut-off the power source before performing any work related to electricity. For example; Inspecting, Maintaining or repairing.
- Essential Tools
Tools can save lots of your time. But, in the case of electricity. Tools can save you from getting the electrical shock. To perform any electrical repair, make sure to use the tools with non-conducting handles.
- What not to use
Using metallic rulers, ring, any metal, and bare hands can bless you with a strong electric shock. And I am sure you won’t like to have this blessing.
- Things to remember
The Circuit is bad, electricity appliances are not working well, and lights are fluctuating. It means you need an electrical inspection or repair.
In this case, either you’ll call an electrician or do it yourself.
So if you are trying to repair, always remember that your hands are well dry, you have essential tools, rubber gloves & shoe are good, As all these acts as an insulator.
Do not wear loose clothing or ties near electrical equipment.
- One Hand rule
If you can perform and if it safe then try using only one hand and keep the other hand on your side away from the electric circuits. This safety precaution while working with electricity can actually reduce the passing of current through your body.
- Avoid using in Water
Water and electricity do not share a good relation. Click here to know why?
You might like to shut off the main power supply, main switch or unplug the equipment.
- In case of electric shock
No one wants to face this situation. However, if it happens with you or someone else. First, try to be calm and make the things in control.
And disconnect the power source from the circuit breaker.
- When to repair
Everyone want to have the safe electrical environment.
Remember if you electrical appliances or equipment produce TINGLE sound. The time is when you need to disconnect or repair the appliance.
- Enclose Conductors
Enclosing all electric conductors and contacts can save people from getting the electric shock.
- Try to minimize the use of electrical equipment
You would like to minimize the use of electrical equipment in Cold room to be electrically safe.
- You might not want to rely on grounding to find a defective circuit.
- Do not use the electrical equipment or circuit of others.
- Try not to handle electrical appliances with wet hands, foot and on a wet floor.
- Never use highly flammable liquids near electrical equipment.
- Try putting a cap on the live wire while working on circuit panels. The cap acts as an insulation and help in preventing any electric shock.
Physiological Effects of Electric Shock
Electric current is capable of producing deep and severe burns in the body due to power dissipation across the body’s electrical resistance.
Tetanus is the condition where muscles involuntarily contract due to the passage of external electric current through the body. When involuntary contraction of muscles controlling the fingers causes a victim to be unable to let go of an energized conductor, the victim is said to be ”froze on the circuit.”
Diaphragm (lung) and heart muscles are similarly affected by electric current. Even currents too small to induce tetanus can be strong enough to interfere with the heart’s pacemaker neurons, causing the heart to flutter instead of strongly beat.
Direct current (DC) is more likely to cause muscle tetanus than alternating current (AC), making DC more likely to ”freeze” a victim in a shock scenario. However, AC is more likely to cause a victim’s heart to fibrillate, which is a more dangerous condition for the victim after the shocking current has been halted.