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National Electric Safety Month

National Electric Safety month

 

During the month of May, LPC is working to raise awareness about electric safety in the home, at work, and in the community.

   Safety in the home:
  • Make an effort to learn about your home electrical system so that you can safely navigate and maintain it.
  • Never attempt a project that is beyond your skill level. Knowing when to call a professional may help prevent electrical fires, injuries, and fatalities.
  • Always turn off the power to the circuit that you plan to work on by switching off the circuit breaker in the main service panel.
  • Be sure to unplug any lamp or appliance before working on it.
  • Test the wires before you touch them to make sure that the power has been turned off.
  • Never touch plumbing or gas pipes when performing a do-it-yourself electrical project.
  • Use surge protectors to prevent damage to any electrical equipment and for user safety.
  • Always remember to call 811 to identify utility lines before you begin any project that requires digging. This will prevent damage to utility lines and will keep you safe from injury.

 

   Other Resources:

   Safety in the workplace:

  • Know safety requirements and follow them.
  • Understand the construction and operation
    of the electrical equipment and the hazards
    involved.
  • Identify all possible energy sources that could pose on-the-job hazards.
  • Before working on or around electrical systems or equipment, identify the load circuits and disconnect. Remember, in some cases, turning power off may cause other hazards.
  • Select the appropriate personal protective
    equipment (PPE).
  • Never assume that the equipment or system is de-energized. Remember to always test before you touch.
  • Use lock-out/tag-out procedures.
    Make sure your test equipment is working
    properly both before and after you use it.
  • Always remember to call 811 to identify utility lines before you begin any project that requires digging. This will prevent damage to utility lines and will keep you safe from injury.

   Other Resources:


Safety in the community:
  • Do not climb trees or fly kites near power lines. A cotton string attached to a kite can conduct electricity.
  • Never try to remove anything from an overhead power line. Call LPC for assistance.
  • If you see a downed power line, move away from it and anything touching it. The ground around power lines - up to 35 feet away - may be energized.
  • Water and electricity don't mix. Avoid damp conditions (including wet grass) when using electricity.

 

   Other Resources:

The content on this page was obtained from Electrical Safety Foundation International. The above information and other
resources can be found at www.electrical-safety.org.