Alt-Text: Electricity Safety Tips
We are all aware that water and electricity are very good enemies, the two make a very dangerous pair. There are a lot of risks involved when working with electrical appliances during the rainy season. The flash from the lightning can charge up the water bodies with electric ions. If anyone steps on such water, they definitely experience electric shock.
A lot of wiring damages are likely to occur still in the same season. Always buy the right communication cables for your application. Using substantial cables may cause serious disasters. This article will take you through the do’s and don’ts when working with electricity while it’s raining.
Distance Yourself And Everyone Else From Power Lines During Thunderstorm
Alt-Text: Electric Thunderstorm
During thunderstorms, anything that happens to be plugged into an outlet at your place will be at a risk of getting damages from an electrical surge.It is advisable to stay at least 10 feet away from the power line around you. This is because the human body is a ready-made conductor of electricity in nature.
Take one step after the other slowly and keep your feet very close to the ground to avoid electrical shock. Avoid the following practices during thunderstorms.
- Doing any sort of cleaning. For instance laundry work and cleaning dishes
- Taking a bath
- Keeping your computer plugged in
- Using landline
- Sitting on concrete
- Standing near a window
- Lying down on the ground
Seek Shelter Under The Roof In Case Of Thunder And Lightning
Alt-Text: Lightning Flash
In case it starts raining while you are out running errands, and you sense a flash of lightning and thundering, quickly rush under a nearby roof. Doing that will save you from being struck by lightning. If you cannot find any shelter around, look for something like a car and get inside or any low spot for example a ditch. Avoid the following areas:
- Tops of hills
- Water bodies, since water is an excellent conductor of electricity
- Pavilions and tents.
Avoid Using High Voltage Appliances During Thunderstorm
Alt-Text: High Voltage Equipment
- During lightning flashes and thunder, there will be a heavy current fluctuation. This will make the main supply point to send unsteady voltage to the electrical points around you.If you use high voltage appliances, it may lead to power cuts or short circuits in the whole building.
Make sure you keep your batteries safe from all kinds of weather, including rainfall and thunder by using a weatherproof battery enclosure. This enclosure also protects the battery from theft, it has a locking mechanism that prevents unauthorized people from electrical dangers.
Avoid Touching Electrical Connections While In Barefoot
Alt-Text: Walk Barefoot In Rain
The human body is naturally a good conductor of electricity. If you stand barefooted when handling electricity, you will attract current in your body. When electricity passes from your body to the ground,an electric will be complete. The result will be a flow of charges and there will be an electric show.
An insulator will make that circuit open and the current will not be allowed through it. If you must handle electricity during the rainy season, it is proper that you put on shoes. Avoid touching any damaged electrical equipment, instead look for a professional electrical engineer.
You should also avoid touching electrical equipment or any electrical outlet with wet hands. If you must touch such, for instance you want to switch the source of electricity off, use a pair of dry gloves.
Avoid Liberating Anyone Who Is In Contact With An Electrical Power Line
Alt-Text: Electrical Safety
If anyone around you is already in contact with an electrical power line, it is advisable that you report the case to the electrical office near you as quickly as possible. If you don’t get immediate help follow the following steps.
- Observe the person without touching them. Make sure they are still not in contact with the source of electricity. Touching the person when still in contact with the source will pass the current through you.
- Try and turn off the source of electricity, if it is impossible try moving the source away from you.
- Move the affected person away from the source of electricity using an object that is non-conductive. An example of such an object is any plastic item or a wood.
- When the person is free from the electricity source, check their breathing and pulse. If the two have stopped, begin CPR ( Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) immediately.
- If the affected person is pale or still shows some signs of still being in shock, lay him or her down with their legs elevated and their head in a slightly lower position.
- Avoid touching the burns or removing the burnt clothing. Let the doctor handle the rest.
The electrical safety measures discussed above are very crucial for everyone during the rainy season. This season comes with thunderstorms, lightning, high winds and increased rainfall, all these don’t provide a perfect environment for families to enjoy.
You should always be cautious to avoid taking matters related to electric faults in your own hands. Adhering to all of these will protect you and your family from any accidents that are likely to occur during this lethargic season.