We recognize Electrical Safety Month every May, but it’s important to practice safety year-round. According to the Electrical Safety Foundation International, thousands of people in the U.S. are critically injured or electrocuted due to electrical fires and accidents in their own homes. Many of these accidents are preventable.
Electricity is a necessity, and it powers our daily lives. But we know first-hand how dangerous electricity can be because we work with it 365 days a year. That’s why you’ll see Union Power hosting safety demonstrations at community events and in schools throughout the year to demonstrate the dangers of electricity. We discuss emergency scenarios, such as what to do in a car accident involving a utility pole and downed power lines. In addition, we caution students on the dangers of pad-mounted transformers and overloading circuits with too many electronic devices.
Electricity is an integral part of modern life. Given the prevalence of electrical devices, tools, and appliances, I’d like to pass along a few practical electrical safety tips.
- Frayed wires pose a serious safety hazard. Power cords can become damaged or frayed from age, heavy use, or excessive current flow through the wiring. If cords become frayed or cut, replace them, as they could cause a shock when handled.
- Circuits can only cope with a limited amount of electricity. Overload happens when you draw more electricity than a circuit can safely handle—by having too many devices running on one circuit.
- Label circuit breakers to understand the circuits in your home. Contact a qualified electrician if your home is more than 40 years old and you need to install multiple large appliances that consume large amounts of electricity.
- Use extension cords properly. Never plug an extension cord into another extension cord. If you “daisy chain” them together, it could lead to overheating, creating a potential fire hazard. Don’t exceed the wattage of the cord. Doing so also creates a risk of overloading the cord and creating a fire hazard. Extension cords should not be used as permanent solutions. If you need additional outlets, contact a licensed electrician to help.
- Talk with your kids about playing it safe and smart around electricity. Help them be aware of overhead power lines near where they play outdoors.
Contact us at 704-289-3145 for additional electrical safety tips or if you would like us to provide a safety demonstration at your school or an upcoming community event.
Union Power is dedicated to educating people of all ages about electrical safety. We encourage you and your family to be aware of dangers of electricity, and how to use it safely. Visit our website for more information and tips.