How to prevent electric shock? The greater your attention to risk situations involving electricity, the less likely you are to suffer any electrical accident. Whether at work or at home, the prevention of electric shock is essential.
In this article today we will talk about the care we should take and what are the best tips to keep you safe and away from accidents involving electricity. Whether you are an electrical professional or not!
Have you ever received an electric shock?
The number of people who have suffered any type of electrical accident is very large. Since 2008, the Brazilian Association for Awareness of the Dangers of Electricity has released the annual statistical survey of accidents of electrical origin.
In 2015, there were 75 fatalities in January alone, but despite a very scary start, the total number of deaths throughout the year was 601, showing a 5% drop compared to 2014, 627 fatalities.
Unfortunately, few issues related to death risks and precautionary measures are disclosed and taught either in the media or in various educational institutions. The number of people who live daily with the use of electricity is very large! Therefore, it would be extremely important to think about how to better alert the wealthy, precautions and security measures more effectively.
But as this is just a wish that does not seem to be close to becoming a reality, we have brought important prevention tips in order to guide you and help you in safety against electrical accidents.
The best electric shock safety tips
- Developing an excellent electrical project at the time of construction is the first major preventive action.
- Turn off the main switch before performing any maintenance on the electrical installations.
- Do the preventive maintenance of the property regularly, it is recommended to perform it at most every 10 years.
- Replace electrical equipment, such as plugs and/or switches that have malfunctioned, melted burnt or broken parts.
- Only perform electrical services if you have the necessary professional knowledge.
- If you are not an electrical professional, hire a professional legally qualified to perform this service.
- Always use excellent quality materials and certified by INMETRO.
- Use DR at home.
- Never forget the ground wire.
- Reduce the number of devices connected to the same device, to do this, install outlets closest to the places where you intend to use several devices.
- Keep outlets protected, especially if you have pets and children in the residence. If you do not want to invest in plug protectors, the option is to use tape.
- Never insert any object into the socket holes.
- Prevent the appliance wires from being stretched, especially in places where people will transit.
- Unplug appliances when cleaning.
- All electronic devices and appliances must be kept away from the sink, shower or bath. If they fall into the water, they can suffer an electrical breakdown, causing shock to those using it, which can cause more serious accidents.
- As much as possible avoid making wire splices, but when necessary, it is important that they are properly covered with electrical tape or use the appropriate connectors.
- Never leave bare wires, they can cause electric shocks, short circuits, overheating and even fires.
- When you are on the street, keep your distance from electrical wiring.
- Never touch a person who is being shocked, as trying to help may become another victim.
- If someone has an electrical accident, the first action is to turn off the general electrical switch and then call an ambulance.
- If it is not possible to turn off the main switch, remove the cord or the victim using a dry, non-conductive material such as a broom handle, folded newspaper or plastic pipe.
- Careful with tall buildings, they are usually closer to the electrical wires. The use of rebars, iron bars, curtain rails or any other electrically conductive material is extremely dangerous in these locations.
- Never can trees close to the power grid.
- Instruct children about the risks of flying kites near the power grid.
We are getting close to finishing yet another article and we always want to draw attention to the need to seek knowledge. Most electrical accidents do happen due to recklessness, but there are still a very high number of people who have accidents due to lack of information.
Therefore, it is very important that information like this reaches the largest number of people possible. When you share information like this, whether on social media or talking directly to someone during your chat, you may save a life that could be at risk. When it comes to electricity, be careful!