Basic Safety Tips While Dealing With Electricity


Electricity has become an integral part of our lives without which we really can’t be. From the moment we wake up to the time we go to sleep, every single second of our day involves the use of electricity. Charging our mobile phones, using induction cook tops or washing your clothes in the fully automatic washing machine, everything requires electricity.

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But like other things electricity has rules and regulations of its own. The following blog post gives you an insight into the basic steps to follow while dealing with electricity to avoid any accidents.

Since we cannot think of eliminating electricity out of our lives but we certainly can consider few precautionary steps to keep away unwanted accidents from our lives.

Following are some of the basic points you should follow every time you come across electrical devices, even if you have sufficient knowledge and enough experience to deal with it.

  • All Your Electrical Gear Should be Insulated

Never think you are now an expert as you are working with an electrical gear for the hundredth time or so. No you can never be. It always like it is the first time.

Tools and equipments should be checked for proper installation of resistant materials and also whether they are free of cuts and tears or they need a repair. This is to avoid direct contact with the conductive metals hidden underneath.

  • Think Twice Before You Finally Try Your Hands on The Device

When you need to work on live circuits, check the device first and then verify the schematics twice and don’t start till you are not confident. In such a case, sometimes your intuition can also help.

Even if you are not working on a live circuit still follow the same procedure to ensure your safety. Else a single wrong decision can prove as life-threatening for you. If you are still not confident enough then there’s nothing wrong in consulting an electrician.

  • Ask Somebody to Accompany You When Working on Electricity

Don’t hesitate to ask a friend or a colleague to be with you while you are working on small device or handling a large one. Especially, when handling high voltages, a handy support would be good to cut off the power for a while.

A friend can help in cross checking and correctly verifying the device and the schematics which can ensure better safety.

This safety step should be implemented for coworkers, friends or anyone dealing with electricity.

  • Be Extra Careful With Capacitors and Oscillating Circuits.

Capacitors and oscillating circuits hold a lot of charge which can cause damage in just no time and most of the time capacitors are not designed with paths to drain out excess of energy.

So, before starting to work on the circuit, check for any charged capacitors or oscillator circuits. If there are any, then take proper steps for draining the energy out of them.

  • Stay Safe by Taking Little Steps

When you have experienced working over with electrical devices several number of times then you feel it as an easy task to handle. But sometimes a bit of over confidence can ruin the things. Sometimes a small shock can turn out to be fatal, when you are not equipped with safety equipment’s.

So, safety is the first and the last thing, therefore do not play with it.

If you have any safety manual for a particular device, then do read it every time you work with it. Even at home or workplace, respect the rules and norms for electrical safety in order to have a safe experience.

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