Electrical work can be extremely dangerous for those who are not aware of the safety precautions needed for the job. In fact, there are a few myths about electrical safety that some people may be confused about, which can lead to serious injury if an accident occurs. Here are two misconceptions about safety when working on electrical issues.
Misconception 1: A Brand New Circuit Breaker Will Trip Like It Should
Many people, when working on electrical repairs in their own home, will assume their new circuit breaker will trip should something go wrong. While circuit breakers are designed to stop the flow of electricity if there is a surge, they are not fail-safe devices. After time passes, if a circuit breaker has not been tested to be sure it will trip when it is supposed to, it may not work when it is needed most.
If you have an older circuit breaker and do not know if it has been maintained, you can check for the latest service date. This is usually found on a sticker on the inside of the casing of the circuit breaker. If there is no proof of maintenance service, or it was many years ago, it is integral that a qualified electrician inspects the device.
Misconception 2: A Low Volt Shock Will Cause Little Bodily Harm
When working on electrical jobs, some people may feel the danger to their lives may be minimal if they perceive the electric current being low. In fact, some even believe that a low voltage current will merely be a small shock and could not cause mortality. Unfortunately, this is not always the case with low voltage electrical currents.
One factor is what type of shoes you are wearing when working on the electrical device. When a person is shocked with electricity, it must travel down the body and into the ground. Some materials that are not waterproof, such as cotton, can allow electricity to travel. It is advised for people to wear rubber lined boots and waterproof gloves when working on electrical devices.
These days, doing odd jobs around the house is a common hobby for homeowners, but if electrical work needs to be done, some safety precautions should be taken to avoid unnecessary risk. Working on electrical jobs can intensive, and a simple mistake could mean serious bodily harm. Becoming aware of electrical safety measures and consulting with a licensed electrician can ensure the repairs go smoothly.