Practice safety around electricity

May 1, 2010

Inattention to electrical hazards can lead to burns, shocks and electrocution. It is important to always be mindful of any potential electrical risks, both on and off the job. OSHA offers the following advice for dealing with electricity safely:

  • Always assume a wire is live. Never touch a wire, even if it is down or appears to be insulated.
  • Contact your local utility company to report downed wires.
  • Before starting a job that involves working from a height or carrying long or tall objects, be sure to check for any overhead electrical risks and stay at least 10 feet from any overhead wires.
  • If a wire falls across your vehicle, it is important to continue driving away from the line. If the engine stalls, remain in the car and contact the local utility company and emergency services.
  • Never operate electrical devices in water.
  • Have a qualified electrician inspect electrical equipment that may have gotten wet before attempting use.
  • Do not attempt to repair electrical cords or equipment unless you have been specifically trained to do so.
  • Inspect all electrical cords and equipment before use when working in damp areas, and use a ground fault circuit interrupter.