Electrical Safety Tips

A Few Common Electrical Tips to Avoid Mistakes and Injury

As most of us know, when working with electricity, safety is of the utmost importance.  While many small, electrical jobs around the house can be accomplished by the average person, many larger and especially commercial jobs cannot.  The average person is typically unaware of the precautions and safety measures that are needed.

Before you begin work, always turn off the circuit breaker (or remove the fuse) before repairing or replacing electrical equipment.  This seems like a no-brainer, but many do-it-yourselfers receive electric shock injuries each year.

Always use the correct sized wires and cables.  The term “gauge” refers to the size that electrical wire comes in and the area in which it should be used.  Different jobs call for different sized wires.  If the wrong sized wire is used, overheating and shorting of the fuse or circuit breaker can result.

Ensure that all connections in a fuse box are tight and placed correctly.  Loose connections can cause lights and electrical equipment to flicker or short.  In the worst case, the circuits can overheat.  If you suspect a problem with your fuse connections, have them inspected by an electrician.

While these are some of the most common electrical mistakes made, there are many other dangerous mistakes that can lead to injuries, property damage, or worse.  If you are not sure about a project or feel you are in over your head, please call a professional.  In most cases, it is not worth the risk.

Contact Trademark Electric for help with your commercial projects.