Technology has developed so very much in recent years with computers, cell phones in every purse and pocket and many types of electrical equipment in the home. With this many electrical devices, we often forget about the need for electrical safety, in our homes and especially the importance of training our kids how to use electrical products (such as video games) safely. Experts say that approximately 600 people are electrocuted every year because of accidents that happen in or near their homes. In addition, there are 1,100 deaths and approximately 16,300 people injured in more than 200,000 annual house fires that are due to various electrical causes.
Fires caused by electrical hazards such as faulty wiring among others are very serious causes of death and injury. There are many ways that we can learn how to protect ourselves and our children. There are many courses that are designed to provide electrical safety tips. In addition, there are also courses that are more in depth and provide training for those who may not be electricians, but work around electricity, maybe home remodeling or working with other electrical equipment in and around the home. Some of these courses are developed and sponsored by OSHA and teach the National Electrical Code provisions that one needs to know before installing or repairing electrical circuits. However, it is far better to be safe and pay a little bit more for an electrician, who knows the proper codes to do any rewiring that might be needed, rather than suffer the physical consequences of an electrical accident. The professional knows how to handle wiring or rewiring.
Our bodies carry a charge or a small current of energy, and when other sources of energy find our bodies to be an easier path to the ground it will pass through us, causing extreme damage and even death if the source is not removed quickly enough. This is why it is very important for us to handle sources of electricity with extreme care. So with this in mind the following tips are given:
Protecting Your Child:
1. Plug outlets that are not used very often with “Child Safety Plugs” that are available at most department stores.
2. Make sure that nothing is on the floor that a child might put into an outlet or other electrical appliance.
3. Keep all electrical devices away from places where children might be able to get to or pull at them.
In the tool shed:
1. Check that the proper tools are available for the job.
2. Make sure all circuits are grounded
3. Do not overload circuits by using too many cords in one outlet.
4. Keep all tools dry and as clean as possible. This provides proper protection from shock.
5. Maintain proper care of cords while in use (away from high temperatures, oil, gas, and other hazardous substances).
6. Follow all rules concerning handling and maintenance for all power tools and electrical equipment.
In case of Electrocution
1. Refrain from touching someone who has been shocked to check for signs of life.
2. Remove the source of power from the device if it is at all possible, if it isn’t try to get the
object away from the person using something made of wood or a piece of rope.
3. Call 911 at once.
Power outages in the home
1. Should there be a power outage in the home remain calm and check that a circuit breaker that may have been accidentally tripped or turned off.
2. Never place foreign objects in broken or worn out circuits.
3. Be sure to stand in a dry place when resetting fuses.
4. Should the power not turn on, contact an electrician as soon as possible.
Electrical safety should be foremost in our minds, when children are present, when we are, camping and especially when we are at home working with power tools or appliances of any kind. There are many things that we can do to prevent the thousands of deaths every year that occur because of either electrocution or fire due to poor wiring or other preventable situation