Pretty much every workplace these days makes use of electricity. It powers tools, machines, computers, as well as the lights and A/C. However, due to this, it helps to practice good electrical safety. With how prevalent electricity is, it helps to know what to watch for to keep yourself safe…
Electrical Safety: Hazards To Watch For
Power cord management is an important aspect of electrical safety. Having a bunch of loose cords laying around is just asking for trouble. For starters, it becomes very easy for someone to trip over them, especially if they’re in walkways. Plus, they could also accidentally pull a computer or machine off it’s desk and onto the floor, which usually results in breakage.
Therefore, you want to make sure your power cables are set up safely. Try to keep them away from areas where people commonly walk. Instead, try to run them along the walls or desks. You can also use power cord brackets for extra security and stability.
Outlet overload also another element of electrical safety to watch for. A lot of workplaces have plenty of electrical appliances, but not enough power outlets. This can be remedied by a power strip, but sometimes it isn’t enough. In response to this, some will “daisy chain” power strips onto other power strips to make enough space.
However, this is very dangerous. It could end up overloading the outlet, blowing the circuit and leading to a possible fire. Therefore, it’s important to use these outlets properly. Use extension cords properly, and seek out other outlets when one is full.
Shocks are probably the one part of electrical safety everyone knows to watch for. However, many workers, especially in offices, don’t expect to ever get shocked. But, it is certainly something which can happen. Therefore, it helps to know how to avoid them as best as possible.
Keep your electrical cords and outlets dry and away from water. Also, double-check your cords before plugging them in. Frayed or damaged cords could make a shock more likely to occur. If you notice a cord is wearing down or broken, let your supervisor know and ensure others don’t use it by mistake