Top Electrical Safety Tips

Electrical Safety In and Around the Home

Electrical safety is everyone's responsibility. Electrical safety should be observed every time you even think about touching something connected to an electrical circuit. With the invention of electrical testers, circuits are easy to test and with circuit breakers and fuses, circuits can be shut off to avoid contact with electricity all together. Electrical safety often comes into play when bad weather strikes. Tornadoes, hurricanes, flooding, and ice storms bring a vast array of dangerous...MORE conditions. In this informative piece, you'll find some great tips to keep you safe when working with electricity.
  • 01 of 07
    A photo of downed power lines.
    Downed Power Lines. By: Joe Raedle - Getty Images News

    The weather plays havoc on your electrical system, its components, and everything that is connected to them. Thunderstorms bring wild weather with lightning that can send a jolt to you electrical service. This can damage the electrical system itself and everything connected to it. Flooding rains can get into your house, cause electrocution hazards, damage electrical connections, and leave the devices it touched unsafe. Hurricanes and ice storms can take down power lines and leave electrocution...MORE hazards laying around everywhere. This informative article addresses the real concern for electrical safety in and around your home.

    1. Protect It With Surge Protection
    2. Downed Power Lines – Hurricane Hazards
    3. Returning to Flooded Homes
    4. Natural Disasters
  • 02 of 07

    Electrical Safety In and Around The Home:

    A photo of a bathroom in a camper with a GFCI outlet.
    A photo of a bathroom in a camper with a GFCI outlet. Timothy Thiele

    Everywhere you look in and around your home, electricity is connected to something. It may be the service line feeding your home, outlets feeding devices, or switches that control the lighting. But there are dangers when is exposed to the human body. these safety tips are designed to make you stop and think safety every time you think about something that is connected to electricity. safety first!

    1. Six Ways of Preventing Electrical Shock
    2. Harvest Safety
    3. Safety Equipment for Your Home
    4. Arc-Fault Safety
    5. Ov...MOREerloaded Circuit Safety
    6. Electrical Safety at Halloween
    7. Drip Loop Safety
  • 03 of 07
    Power Line Storm Damage
    Power Line Storm Damage. Timothy Thiele

     As you know, water and electricity don't mix. That's why electrical safety is so important when dealing with swimming pools and hot tubs. Here's a comprehensive list of related issues, codes, and safety devices used to wire these summer water items and the areas around them.

  • 04 of 07
    Electrical Shock
    Electrical Shock. Photo: Getty Images

    It only takes a minute to do it right and the safe way.  It also only takes seconds to be shocked by not being careful and shutting the circuit off before working on it.  This is a sensible look at preventing electrical shock. These tips will help keep you safe.

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  • 05 of 07

     When working with electricity or on electrical circuit or equipment, ladder safety should be observed. There are many different types of ladders and they are made of different materials. Metal ladders should never be used when dealing with electricity. Always choose a non-conductive ladder made of wood or fiberglass.

  • 06 of 07
    Swimming Pool and Spa Electrical Safety
    Swimming Pool and Spa Electrical Safety. Tim Thiele

    Overhead power lines have some strict guidelines for height clearances over streets, sidewalks, alleys, roads, and driveways. The National Electrical Code (NEC) mandates acceptable clearances for power lines to keep the public safe from coming into contact with them. You see, cables high enough to avoid a person walking past them, may not be high enough to eliminate the possibility of a large truck or person carrying an extension ladder from coming into contact with it.

  • 07 of 07

    What To Do In The Event Of Electrical Burns

    Electrical burns are a direct result of electric current passing through a body by coming into contact with a live electrical circuit. The effects of electrical burns are often unseen, due to internal damage.

    Some signs of electrical burns are obvious on the surface of the skin in the form of exit wounds. Serious health complications can result from electrical burns and knowing what to do for someone in such an emergency can not only save their life, but also keep you out of harms way as well!

    Shoc...MOREk and heart failure are all complications that can result from an encounter with electrocution and the way you react to help someone in these troubling times may make the difference between life and death of the injured person.

Seven Tips That Can Save You From Injuries

With these seven tips, you'll hopefully have a productive and safe electrical project. Electricity is not something to be feared, just respected for its power to injure if certain safety warnings and steps are not followed when doing an electrical project.