You may think the dangers of electricity are obvious; but you’ll be surprised how many people don’t know
These are our top 10 electrical safety tips to help you stay safe, to keep your staff and customers safe at work, and to avoid electrical fires and accidents.
- Make sure you turn off electrical appliances when they’re not in use. Before leaving work at night, make it a routine to check that all electrical devices not in use are properly shut off.
- Never ever overload sockets. You shouldn’t use more than one plug in every socket.
- If you have to use an adapter make sure it’s the type that has a fuse. The total output of all plugs in the adapter should be no more than the specified rating (usually 13 amps).
- Add a residual current device (RCD) which is an easy way to cut off power and prevent shocks, especially if you are working outdoors
- Reguarly check the condition of plugs and sockets. You should pay attention to any burnt or frayed wires on appliances. It’s best to get the services of an electrician to fix such problems
- Never ever allow electric wires or cables to trail over kitchen appliances like toasters or oven tops.
- If you are hammering nails into the wall to hang a picture frame make sure you know there are no live wires hidden behind.
- Avoid mixing liquids and electricity. They should be kept as far apart as possible. Touch your appliances with dry hands only. Avoid placing water or other liquids on top of electrical appliances. This is especially important in businesses such as hair salons.
- If you’re using a cable reel extension lead make sure it’s full unwound before you plug it in; don’t use it wound up as it may overheat.
- Get your electrical appliances checked by a PAT tester on a regular basis
These are our top 10 electrical safety tips for business environments