When it comes to electricity, safety should always be your top priority. Whether you're using electrical equipment, installing physical barriers around electrical hazards, or dealing with conductive tools and cleaning materials, it's essential to take the necessary precautions to protect yourself and your family. According to the U. S.
Consumer Product Safety Commission, there are more than 180 cases of electrocution or electricity-related incidents that could have been prevented each year, so it's important to be aware of the potential risks and take the necessary steps to ensure electrical safety. At Constellation, we understand the importance of electrical safety and want to help our customers stay safe. To ensure that you and your family are safe when working with electricity, here are some tips to keep in mind:
- If you find yourself using extension cords regularly, it may be a sign that you don't have enough outlets in your home. Consider hiring a qualified electrician who understands electrical safety regulations to install additional outlets in rooms where you frequently use extension cords.
- When buying a power cable, make sure you choose one that can handle the electrical load.
A cable with a load of 16 AWG can hold up to 1375 watts, while heavier loads may require a 14 or 12 AWG cable.
- Always wear protective gear when working with electricity.
This includes rubber gloves, safety glasses, and insulated clothing.
- Make sure all electrical equipment is properly grounded.
- Never touch an electrical appliance or outlet with wet hands.
- Never overload an outlet or extension cord.
- Keep all electrical equipment away from water sources.
- Inspect all electrical cords for fraying or exposed wires before use.
- Be aware of any exposed wires or other potential hazards in your home.