Personal Safety When Working With Your Home’s Patch Panel!
When working with your home’s electrical system in Phoenix, AZ, or anywhere else, safety is paramount. Here are some important safety measures to consider:
Turn Off Power: Before starting any electrical work, always turn off the power to the circuit you’re working on at the main breaker box. This is crucial to prevent electric shock. If you are unsure of how to turn off a specific circuit, contact the pros at State Electrical Contactors for your electrical inspection. We’ll label the circuits for you so that turning one off won’t be a frustration factor.
Use a Voltage Tester: After turning off the power, use a voltage tester on the wires you’ll be working with to ensure there is no current flowing through them.
A voltage tester is an electrical tool used to detect the presence of voltage in a circuit. It is a basic piece of electrical safety equipment that can help to prevent electrical shocks. There are two main types of voltage testers: contact voltage testers and non-contact voltage testers.
Wear Appropriate Safety Gear: Wear rubber-soled shoes to reduce the risk of grounding a current, and consider using insulated gloves and safety goggles for added protection.
We know that most folks wear sneakers, or rubber soled shoes, however it still needs to be said. Especially when it revolves around the topic of personal safety.
Avoid Working in Wet Conditions: Water conducts electricity, so never work on electrical components in wet or damp conditions. This includes sweating, which can increase the risk of electric shock. It may sounds strange, it’s better to err on the side of caution.