Safety Tips and Tools for Working with Electrical Equipment

The Importance of Working Safely with Electrical Equipment

While working with or around electrical equipment, it is very import to work with caution and in a safe and smart manner. The voltage and electrical currents in businesses and homes has enough power to cause serious injury and even death. People working with electrical equipment are faced with this safety hazard on a daily basis, it is very important to wear the proper apparel and to follow some simple safety guidelines to avoid any possible injuries. By following these safety guidelines below you and your fellow workers will greatly reduce the risk for serious injury or even death.

Electrical Boxes

Safety Guidelines To Avoid Injury or Even Death

  1. Avoid contact with all energized electrical circuits. This may be an unwritten rule, but not following this rule just once could be fatal. A good way to avoid this is to assume all electrical devices and circuits are live. Never assume equipment is safe until you have confirmed it yourself, your life may depend on it.
  2. Be sure to unplug the power source of all electrical equipment before working on it. Always pull from the plug, not the cord.
  3. Always wear proper non conductive clothing – insulated gloves, non conductive protective apparel and shoes with insulated soles. Avoid loose clothing or ties.
  4. Keep all water and liquids away from electrical equipment! If a spill does occur, immediately shut the power off at the circuit breaker or main power source and unplug the equipment.
  5. If electrical equipment is producing a “tingle” or feels like it is overheating, immediately turn the power off. Repair if possible, if unrepairable dispose of the faulty equipment. Never take the risk of working with compromised equipment.
  6. Enclose all electrical contacts and conductors to avoid accidental contact with them. Never leave exposed electrical contacts or conductors unattended.
  7. When possible, work with only one hand, with your other hand at your side and away from all conductive material. This precaution will lessen the likelihood of an electrical current passing through the chest cavity.
  8. Use only tools and equipment with non conductive handles. Tanner offers a full line of Electrician’s Insulated Hand Tools, learn more below.
Insulated Hand Tools

Electrician’s Insulated Hand Tools Offered at Tanner

Tanner offers an extensive line of Electrician’s Insulated Hand Tools from Stanley Proto®. The Facom® insulated hand tools have color coded handles with a bi-color warning system, when a tool’s insulation has been compromised the handle will change from orange to yellow. These hand tool have been wrapped with a thick layer of plastic insulation and have been individually tested to 1,000 volts AC and 1,500 volts DC.  These insulated hand tools include: pliers, screwdrivers, wire strippers, wrenches, sockets / drive tools, and much more! Shop for all of these great industrial strength, high quality tools here. And for all your other Safety and Industrial Supply needs, be sure to shop at TannerBolt.com.

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