We have all heard of how electrical wires cause shock to many people.
The resistivity of a human body is approximately 1000ohms. Whenever live body touches the current passing wire with wet hands or touches a wet wire, they are likely to be electrocuted. Here are some tips to fight against electrocutions caused due to electrical wires. Hence when there is a lot of wiring work going around you makes sure you take the following precautions:
Makes sure the power is turned off:
Identify the power source and make sure it is always turned off before starting any electrical work. Leave anote or let everybody know that the power source has been turned off for a reason.
Wear Safety glasses and protective clothing:
We don’t see people following or taking up this precaution however when dealing with electricity one must always cover their eyes. There might be sparks whichare produced from these wires, and they should cause damage to the eyes.
Preferably, wearing long shirts, pants, gloves, and thick soled shoes are also a good idea. If the environment is outdoor or large scale, working on a project like laying pipeline with tracer wire, a hard hat may also be needed along with other construction environment safety gear.
Test the wires:
Voltage testers are easily available in the market; use one to test wires and connections before starting to work on them. Make sure that there is no electricity flowing through them with the aid of a Voltage Tester. This will allow you to accurately judge the work that needs to be done and select the product and tools you need to use.
Work with the right tools:
As with any job, you need the correct tools to complete it properly and do it with safety in mind. Having the right tools for a wire installation is detrimental. Some tools include a voltage tester, wire cutters, wire and cable strippers, needle nose pliers, continuity tester, and others. For large scale jobs such as installing ground cables, you may need a wire trencher or other digging equipment or heavy machinery.
Have a check at the following:
- The last thing you want is there to be a loose connection and the whole thing to go up in flames. Electrical fires are known to spark at any time and cause considerable damage and tragedy. Pull on the connections to make sure they are secure.
- Turn on the electricity and make sure everything works correctly and starts up without incident. Also, check the casings with a voltage tester to make sure they are not electrified. Use the right insulators for longer lifespans
Now that you are aware of the precautions to be taken before wiring- we hope you are much safer while wiring.