Electrical Safety Information for Electricians

By: Jake Hyet

A work site can be a dangerous place at the best of times for electricians Brisbane. Even when you know exactly what you are supposed to be doing there are still so many unexpected things that can go wrong. Working with high voltage electricity and large, sometimes huge equipment, an industrial electrician is faced with having to overcome life-threatening dangers all the time. These are the type of situations which require perfect electrical safety practices.

Sure there are many rules and regulations to keep an electrician safe no matter what they are doing, even making air conditioning repairs, but if you don't exercise good common sense, they might as well not even exist. Often a potential hazard can be easily spotted and neutralized before a serious accident occurs. Here are some electrical safety tips to help keep any electrician healthy and safe:

1. Proper safety clothing and protective gear -- Always wear the proper safety clothing and protective gear, like shatter-proof eye goggles and non-conductive work gloves and boots.

2. Live circuits -- When working with live circuits, only use one hand and keep yourself insulated at all times. Electricians Brisbane or anywhere else will tell you how important this is.

3. Housekeeping -- This is an essential daily chore for an industrial electrician. Leaving material or tools lying about on a job site can cause a hazard for others, who could trip over them, or be injured by them in some other way.

4. Safety dealing with current -- Keeping yourself plus everyone else around you safe when working with electricity is an electrician's job. If you are doing air conditioning repairs or something similar, and notice a defective extension cord, do not use it: replace it right away.

5. Plan your job in advance -- Plan out your job carefully and consider all the potential hazards before you start work. Always consider your surroundings and try and anticipate what could happen before it actually does. It's important to isolate equipment from energy sources and to identify possible electric shock and arc flash points.

6. Don't touch a circuit or conductor without testing it for voltage -- Never start work on electrical equipment or conductors until they have been de-energized, properly locked or tagged out, and all possibility of exposure has been eliminated.

7. Whenever a ladder or other elevated equipment is being used check for overhead power sources and obstructions -- It doesn't matter if it is you or someone else doing the work, be sure that you do a thorough check for any problems. If the equipment being used knocks down one of these lines, anyone who happens to be standing close by can be seriously injured, perhaps even killed.

8. Verify electrical circuits before digging -- Know the exact location of underground circuit boxes and breakers.

Above all remember that electricity is extremely powerful and should never be taken lightly. It is your responsibility to see to it that you and those around you remain safe. Don't take any chances.

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Jake Hyet is an expert on electricians Brisbane and air conditioning repairs. He has worked as an electrician in Brisbane and also done repairs on air conditioners. He has written extensively on both topics.

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