Electricity is the force that keeps today’s civilization running. Without it, practically all of man’s technologies would be incapacitated. This powerful and versatile form of energy is harnessed for all kinds of purposes, but it can also lead to some disastrous consequences when used improperly. Fires and electrocution are just 2 of the most extreme consequences of mishandling electrical power. Because of this, one must learn how to use electricity the right way. This article enumerates some electrical safety tips at work that anyone can use.
Never leave any wiring or plugs exposed. You might have heard it in home electricity manuals, but this also applies in the workplace. There are so many risks associated with keeping these electrical pathways exposed. There’s always the risk of someone getting electrocuted thru that exposed part. Also, with an inopportune spark, short-circuiting and even fires can break out. As such, it’s important to install plugs properly in their respective sockets. In addition, exposed wires must either be sealed with insulating tape or be replaced with a fresh set of wires.
Another way to ensure safe handling of electricity is to have appropriate labels where needed. A lot of electrical hazards happen when people are not aware of the presence of particular electric devices or lines. Even a simple marker denoting their presence can make the difference between smooth operations and a workplace mishap.
One must also make sure to plug in devices at their right sockets. A lot of people make the mistake of forcing to insert plugs in sockets they are not compatible with. Not only is this time-consuming, but it is also potentially dangerous. Instead, find a compatible socket an adaptor. Either method should be easy enough to do. Also, one must make sure to plug in devices at their proper voltages. It’s potentially dangerous to plug in 110V appliances to 220V sockets, and vice versa. You’ll need a transformer to make the voltages match.
One must also be careful when using extension cords. There’s a particular way in using these devices. First, one must never plug too many appliances (especially high-wattage ones) in one extension cord, as it can lead to overloading. The same holds true for plugging one extension cord over another. The placement of extension cords is also crucial. One must never place cords in places where people are crossing, as it increases the chance of people tripping over. Last but not least, do not put these cords over, under, or around potentially flammable objects such as carpets and furniture.
Last but not least, one good tip that any workplace can benefit from is the use of surge protectors and circuit breakers. Surge protectors protect appliances and machines from sudden electrical surges (which frequently happens during power interruptions), a leading cause of overloading and fires. Meanwhile, a circuit breaker serves as a means for cutting off the power source during overloading or power surges. Strategically using these 2 electrical safety tools can greatly help in upgrading workplace safety, especially when using high-powered electrical devices.