Burn Awareness: Electrical Safety from A to Z

This year, the American Burn Association is focusing on electrical safety for National Burn Awareness Week. From amp to zap, here are 26 tips to help you prevent burns.

Appliances: Major appliances should be plugged into a wall outlet directly. Do not use extension or power cords. Remember, only one heat-producing appliance should be plugged into a single outlet.

Batteries: Make sure that the positive and negative terminals of batteries do not come into contact with each other; this can cause them to short circuit. Do not carry batteries with coins, keys, or other metal objects, as this can lead to burns caused by short circuiting.

Cords: Always examine cords before using them to make sure they are in good condition with no crack, bare wires, or loose connections.

Drowning: Electric shock drowning can occur when electric current travels through the water, such as from damaged wiring in a marina.

Extension cords: Never use an indoor cord outdoors.

Frayed: Do not use electrical cords that are frayed or broken.

Generator: Do not plug a generator into a household outlet directly. It causes a back feed. If you plan to use a generator during emergencies, hire a qualified electrician to install a transfer switch.

HVAC: Have your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems inspected annually to check for any electrical issues.

Indicates: If you notice a flickering light, it often indicates that the fixture/circuit has come loose; try tightening the bulb.

Jumper cables: Follow all manufacturer guidelines to properly jump-start a car battery with jumper cables.

Keep: Prevent shock by keeping electrical devices and outlets away from water.

Lockout: Follow OSHA 29 CFR 1910.147 and shut down equipment. Isolate equipment from energy sources.

Maintenance: Conduct routine maintenance to look for frayed cords, broken plugs, and damaged insulation.

National Electric Code: Make sure electrical work performed in your home meets or exceeds the National Electric Code standards.

Outside: If you’re caught outside in a storm, find shelter immediately.

Pull: Do not pull an item from an electrical outlet by the ocrd. Always pull from the base.

Qualified electrician: Find a qualified electrician when you need electrical work performed.

Rug: Don’t place plugged in extension cords underneath rugs.

Stay back: If you spot a down power line, stay back at least 20 feet and call 911.

Tripped circuit breakers: If your circuit breakers are frequently tripped, it’s a sign that the circuit isn’t able to handle the power demand. Move appliances to other circuits or consult an electrician.

Underground: Call 811 before digging. 811 will locate underground utilities to help prevent electrocution injuries and deaths.

Voltage: Don’t assume that a circuit is safe just because it is powered off. Use a meter to check for voltage before touching any electrical components or wiring.

Warm: Switches or outlets that are unusually warm may indicate unsafe wiring. If you notice this issue, stop using the switches and contact an electrician.

X-ray: If you are working with electricity near an x-ray machine, make sure there is sufficient grounding of the x-ray table, control panel, and tube stand.

Y-Adapter: This adapter splits power from a single outlet into two.

Zapped: Make sure that electrical equipment is properly grounded so you don’t get zapped by electricity.

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