We rely on power supply to run our homes and offices. However, it is very important to ensure safety around electrical materials, appliances, and power lines. May is the National Electrical Safety Month and so, it’s also a perfect time to spread awareness about electrical safety. Know how to avoid a potential electrical hazard by taking simple measures. Following are a few steps you can take to easily avoid electrical fatalities, injuries, shocks, and property loss.

Keep the following things in mind in case of an electrical emergency:

Electrical Fire  

Electrical fires are caused by overloading, faulty or exposed wiring or when flammable objects are placed near a light bulb. In case of an electrical fire, follow these 4 steps:

  • Cut the Power Supply

The very first thing to do in case of an electrical fire is to cut the power supply at the source. Flip the switch on your home’s circuit breaker box and cut the supply. This will stop the fire on time and reduce the risk of shocks if you are trying to put out the fire.

  • Use a Fire Extinguisher to Put Out the Fire

In case of an electrical fire, you should only be using a fire extinguisher that is rated Class-C. If the power supply has been cut, you can use a water-based fire extinguisher which is Class A. Continue dispersing the chemical until the fire has been put out completely.

  • Call the Fire Brigade Immediately

Call the fire brigade in case of electrical fires, even after you manage to put it out. Smoldering objects can still catch fire if you were unable to cut the power supply at the source.

  • Evacuate the Site  

If you cannot control the fire, exit the building as soon as possible and call the local authorities. In case your clothes catch fire, stop, drop, and roll. Always stay close to the ground and avoid exhaling the smoke.

Electrical Shocks

When electrical wires are frayed, cords are damaged, or outlets go unchecked, contact with electricity happens. Following are a few steps to keep in mind so you are prepared to handle an emergency:

  • Turn off the Power Supply

As soon as you become aware of the electrocution, turn off the power as quickly as you can. And if you are not close to the circuit, try and cut the contact between the electrical source and the person using an insulated item like a wooden rod or a PVC pipe.

  • Don’t Touch the Person who has received an Electric Shock

If someone is in direct contact with electricity, do not touch them under any circumstances. Stay calm and away.

  • Call Your Local Emergency Service

Call 911 for help in case of an electrical hazard. Meanwhile, if you have received CPR or first aid training, administer it. And if you are not trained, the 911 operator will give you the necessary directions until the responder reaches.

  • Unplug the Appliance Immediately

As soon as a power outage occurs, turn off the branch circuits and the main breaker. This will cut off the power supply to all appliances and electronic devices and ensure electrical safety.

Dangling or Fallen Power Lines

Fallen power lines pose a serious threat to life and property and so they should be dealt with extreme caution. If you are in close proximity to a fallen power line, follow these 3 steps:

  • Stay at Least 40 Feet Away

A fallen line may be live even if it does not give off sounds, sparks, and lights. To avoid any mishap, maintain a distance of at least 40 feet from the power line. Also check for any metal fences, fallen limbs, puddles or vehicles that could act as conductive materials and pose an electrical hazard.

  • Don’t Touch Any Object or Tree That is in Contact With the Fallen Power Line

Trees that are in contact with fallen power lines can be conductive. Even if you are not sure if the power line is live, avoid any contact with electrical materials that are touching the tree or surrounding it.

  • Contact the Local Authorities Immediately

If you notice a dangling or downed power line, immediately bring it to the notice of your local power distributor that is in charge of these power lines.

To ensure electrical safety at home, cover all the outlets with surge protectors and install safety switches to monitor the flow of current. Hire an electrician for installations and repairs to prevent electrical hazards. At D & F Liquidator, we stock a vast inventory of electrical materials and safety supplies that minimize the risk of electrical hazards. Call (800) 458-9600 to connect with our sales professionals.