At Mister Sparky, we know how dangerous electrical work can be. Electrical repairs and maintenance often require a high level of skill and are best performed by an experienced electrician to make sure the work is done right and done safely.
Electrical work that is bad or unfinished exposes you and your family to potential harm or even death. Electrical shocks and burns are among the most common electrical injuries.
What are electrical shocks and electrical burns?
Electrical shocks happen by making contact with energized electrical parts.
When electricity comes in contact with your body, it can travel through your body. When this happens, the electricity can damage tissues and organs. Electrical burns can occur when electricity comes in contact with your skin.
Both are unpleasant!
So, how do electrical shocks and electrical burns occur?
According to Josh Gilmour, electrician and Franchise Business Consultant at Mister Sparky, shocks and burns can happen from the following circumstances:
- A person is not wearing protective equipment (insulated gloves etc.) when working with live wires and electricity.
- Working on electrical systems that are still turned on.
- Cover plates not being installed on light switches/outlet and allowing fingers to touch those exposed, energized parts.
- Using frayed/damaged extension cords that have exposed wires.
- Changing a lightbulb without turning the light switch off.
- Any situation involving water near electricity.
How can electrical injuries be prevented?
Here are the top ten safety tips:
- Don’t mix water and electricity! This means keeping your appliances and anything electrical away from water or wet surfaces. Don’t plug or unplug anything electrical when there is water present.
- Replace electric cords that are fraying, especially if you see cracks in the insulation.
- Do not plug too many things into the same outlet. This can overload electrical circuits.
- Replace all older two-pronged outlets. All outlets in the home should be of the 3-pronged type. Find out why here.
- Insert Tamper Resistant Receptacles (TRRs) or plastic safety caps in all unused electrical outlets if small children are in the home.
- Keep extension cords out of the reach of children and pets. Little Bobby or Fido may put the end of an extension cord in his or her mouth and suffer a severe electrical burn.
- Make sure all power tools are grounded or double insulated. This means there is an extra barrier between you and the electricity.
- Be sure children do not play or climb near electric lines on a power pole or where the lines enter a house.
- Stay clear of electric power lines when you are trimming trees or using gardening tools.
- Do not handle fallen wires. Call your local electric or utility company right away.
Although these tips seem like they’re common sense, it’s easy to get distracted in the hustle and bustle of our daily lives. Forgetting to trim back the old elm or putting off updating outlets can end up costing you dearly.
Mister Sparky can provide you with the security and peace of mind that you and your family deserve – contact your local Mister Sparky today before minor issues become major problems.