Working with or around electricity can be incredibly dangerous if proper precautions aren’t taken. It only takes a fraction of a second for an electric shock or fire to occur due to improper use of electrical equipment—so it pays off handsomely for employers and employees alike to follow basic electrical safety rules at all times.
Here are some key tips you should share with your team members when discussing electrical safety in the workplace:
- Never overload an outlet. Overloading electrical outlets can lead to fire hazards and short-circuiting of equipment. If a socket or circuit needs more power than it can handle, use an extension cord with a surge protector instead.
- Don’t use frayed cords or damaged plugs. Damaged wiring poses the risk of electric shock and can easily create a fire hazard. Inspect all cords, plugs, and wires regularly for any signs of wear or tear. If you spot any damages, replace the item immediately.
- Avoid using electrical appliances near water sources. Using electrical equipment near pools, sinks, or even wet floors can be hazardous as water is a great conductor of electricity. Be sure to unplug all appliances before cleaning areas around them too.
- Never unplug an appliance by pulling on the cord. Pulling on the cord can cause the appliance to malfunction or spark. Instead, firmly grip the plug and pull it straight from the socket.
- Keep your workspace clean and organized. Messy workstations are more prone to electrical hazards. Ensure that cords don’t cross paths with anything else and aren’t within reach of people or animals.
- Keep all flammable material away from electrical appliances. Flammable materials such as paper, cloth, gasoline, and aerosols should be stored and used in a separate room, away from any electrical appliances.
- Unplug appliances when not in use. Unplugging appliances after use saves energy and prevents sudden, accidental shocks or fires.
Electrical safety should be taken seriously—so don’t forget to share these tips with your team and be sure they understand the importance of following electrical safety rules.
If you’re dealing with any electrical issue you can’t handle alone; it’s always best to call a commercial electrician. They have the expertise and experience to identify, diagnose, and fix any electrical problem in a safe and efficient manner. Call the pros and stay safe!