Spring DIY Safety: Electrical Safety Month
Posted on May 5, 2016
The snow is melting and the weather is becoming more conducive to yard work, home repairs, and electrical work. Homeowners all over Minnesota are busting out power tools and electrical equipment. Before you get to it, remember that safety is the number one goal. With May being Electrical Safety Month, here’s some information regarding electrical safety, and some best practices for DIY electrical work.
Electrical DIY Statistics
DIY electrical work and home repairs is a good idea, so long as you’re not working above your skill level. Don’t try to do too much, and never do electrical work without the proper education and equipment. Here are a few statistics related to DIY electrical projects.
- According to Electrical Safety Awareness International, there are an “estimated 70 electrocution fatalities associated with consumer products per year
- Recent data suggests there are 400 electrocutions per year, 15 percent of which are related to consumer products.
- There are about 37,000 nail-gun injuries each year; a 200% increase since 1991.
Spring Safety Tips
The hazards electrical equipment present can be negated by education and taking the extra steps to ensure safety. Here’s a tailored list for spring-specific activities. Tips provided by ESFi.
- Ladders—even those made of wood—that come into contact with a power line can prove fatal. Keep all ladders at least 10 feet away from overhead power lines.
- Unplug outdoor tools and appliances when not in use.
- Inspect power tools and appliances for frayed cords, broken plugs and cracked or broken housing. Repair or replace damaged items.
- Water and electricity do not mix. Avoid damp conditions — including wet grass — when using electricity.
Power Tool Safety Tips
Whether you’re using your power tools indoors, in a garage, or in the yard, careful maintenance and handling procedures always apply. Here’s a list power tool safety tips.
- Never carry a power tool by the cord or hose
- Never yank on cords when disconnecting them from outlets
- Keep non-workers away from tools and far away from work space
- Always clamp projects down to free up both hands for tool use
- Properly maintain tools (keep them sharp and clean, following manufacturers instructions)
Take the proper precautions when handling and using power tools, and don’t get yourself involved in projects above your competency. Rapid offers quality reconstruction services done by a dedicated construction staff. Contact us today by calling 612-294-0886.