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Safety at Work

Follow these steps to work safely around electricity:

  • Inspect tools, power cords, and electrical fittings for damage or wear prior to each use. Repair or replace damaged equipment immediately.
  • Always tape cords to walls or floors when necessary. Nails and staples can damage cords causing fire and shock hazards. 
  • Use cords or equipment that is rated for the level of amperage or wattage that you are using. 
  • Always use the correct size fuse. Replacing a fuse with one of a larger size can cause excessive currents in the wiring and possibly start a fire. 
  • Be aware that unusually warm or hot outlets may be a sign that unsafe wiring conditions exists. Unplug any cords to these outlets and do not use until a qualified electrician has checked the wiring. 
  • Always use ladders made of wood or other non-conductive materials when working with or near electricity or power lines. 
  • Make sure that exposed receptacle boxes are made of non-conductive materials. 
  • Know where the breakers and boxes are located in case of an emergency. 
  • Label all circuit breakers and fuse boxes clearly. Each switch should be positively identified as to which outlet or appliance it is for. 
  • Do not use outlets or cords that have exposed wiring. 
  • Do not use power tools with the guards removed. 
  • Do not block access to circuit breakers or fuse boxes. 
  • Do not touch a person or electrical apparatus in the event of an electrical accident. Always disconnect the current first.
  • Switch tools OFF before connecting them to a power supply. 
  • Disconnect power supply before making adjustments. 
  • Do not bypass the switch and operate the tools by connecting and disconnecting the power cord. 
  • Do not clean tools with flammable or toxic solvents. 
  • Do not operate tools in an area containing explosive vapors or gases, unless they are intrinsically safe and only if you follow the manufacturer's guidelines.
  • Keep power cords clear of tools during use. 
  • Suspend power cords over aisles or work areas to eliminate stumbling or tripping hazards. 
  • Replace open front plugs with dead front plugs. Dead front plugs are sealed and present less danger of shock or short circuit. 
  • Do not use light duty power cords. 
  • Do not carry electrical tools by the power cord. 
  • Do not tie power cords in tight knots. Knots can cause short circuits and shocks. Loop the cords or use a twist lock plug.