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Electrical Safety During the Holidays: Part 3

In Parts 1 and 2 of this blog series, we spoke about the proper work practices, understanding specialized equipment, and implementing lockout/tagout procedures for electrical safety. The last guideline when working with or around electricity is being prepared if something were to go wrong.
Emergency ActionsIf emergency conditions caused by faulty electrical equipment arise, they must be addressed immediately. 

There are two steps to take in the following order:
1. Extinguish any threat to human safety or human life.
2. Address threats to equipment and other materials.
Human InvolvementWhen a person becomes the path of least resistance for an electric current, they must first be separated from the source of voltage. This is best accomplished by turning off the power to the circuit involved. Opening a circuit breaker or throwing a switch may be all that is required.

However, if the circuit can't be deenergized, the person must be removed from contact with the source. Under no circumstance…

Electrical Safety During the Holidays: Part 2

In Part 1 of this blog series, we spoke about what electrical safety is and the proper work practices. The next two guidelines when working with or around electricity are understanding the specialized equipment and implementing lockout/tagout procedures.
Specialized Equipment: Definitions & How to Use A variety of safety equipment is designed specifically for use around energized electrical circuits.

Ground Cables: Placing a ground cable on a piece of equipment and connecting it to a ground (ex: water pipe or indicated ground) creates a path of least resistance through the ground cable and reduces the chance that your body will become a path. Some equipment incorporates grounding connections as part of the installation.

Insulating Material: When you are required to work with or in close proximity to energized electrical equipment, consider using these insulating materials: 
Special rubber gloves and other materials designed to withstand high voltages. Protective sleeves and shoulder p…

Electrical Safety During the Holidays: Part 1

Safety is a part of every job, but is especially important when working with or around potentially energized electrical equipment. Each year, approximately 1,000 people die in accidents related to electricity. More than half of these deaths occurred in cases where the voltage was less than 600 V. Under the right conditions, as little as 50 V can be fatal!

Most accidents occur because people are unaware of an electrical hazard, or they disregard safety rules. With the holiday season in full swing, it's important to know the standard safety practices to observe when working with electricity.

The first of four guidelines when working with or around electricity is adhering to proper work practices.

Never place yourself in a position where you might become part of a circuit. If you are not part of the circuit, the electricity will have to find another path to travel. To avoid becoming part of the circuit, you should follow these work practices.
Safety Begins with the Right Attitude Be aler…