There is so much to know about how to handle electric equipment yet most of the time we totally disregard the importance of understanding how to safely use any electric item and just go about using it however we want. What we fail to realize is that handling electric items is no joke, because if we fail to follow the rules there can be serious consequences and people can get hurt. So it is vital for us to know how to handle all items that have electricity running through them from light-fixtures to power outlets. And so here are the golden rules of working with electrical equipment:
Turn Off the Main Power
Do not do any work on any electrical items in your house if it is still connected to the power as this could be disastrous for you. Even if you doing something simple like changing out the out light switch, you have to remember that you are working with live wires that are carrying an electric charge. Or if you are changing the light fixtures because you got some great deals on discount lighting online you still need to turn off the main power. And also I suggest you hire professionals for such jobs rather than doing them yourself.
Always and I mean always make sure that your hands are totally dry because if you touch plugged in equipment with wet hands you are sure in for quite a shock (both literally and figuratively). So always ensure that there is no water on you or in the area that surrounds the electric item.
Never touch metal while you are working on an electrical item. That means that using metal ladders to reach an item with an electric current running through it is a terrible idea. The electric surge or static electricity will shock you and not allow the current to be grounded or earthed so you will keep getting electrocuted until it passes through to something else. The best way to avoid this is to use a wooden or fiberglass ladder.
Circuit Breakers Are Essential
A fuse or a circuit breaker is a must have for all homes. Because it is a means of protection since it automatically disconnects any live wires when they short-circuit or have a power surge. You need to ask your electrician if your circuit breaker is in working order because it is also provides added protection during a lightning storm.
So now that you have a better understanding about what you need to do when you are working with a high voltage of electricity or just any electrical item, you should ensure that you do not do anything that could result in disaster. Because I have seen first-hand how easy it is to get badly electrocuted or for a tiny spark to fall onto something in a home and just catch fire. So be careful always, stay alert and be conscious when you are working with electrical equipment.