If you have been thinking about doing some of your own electrical wiring around your house, you may want to do everything you can to avoid electrocution. So how do the pros do it? How does an electrical contractor avoid several thousand, life-altering jolts of electricity coursing through his or her body every time he or she goes to work? There are a lot of safety precautions, for one, and there are several more preventive measures. Before you get started on a DIY project that involves electricity, you may want to familiarize yourself with all of the precautions a professional electrical contractor takes.
ALWAYS Turn the Power Off
Before an electrician gets anywhere near a wire, a fuse, a cable or an electrical box, he or she cuts the power. It does not matter if the electrician is high in a cherry picker truck fixing the cables that connect the electrical poles or wiring a light switch for a room in your house. The power has to be shut off before you or an electrician begins work. This is the biggest measure an electrician (or you) can take to prevent being zapped by several volts of electricity.
Wear Rubber Everything
If you have ever watched an electrician work outside, he or she was probably suited up from head to toe in rubber. Rubber work gloves, rubber boots and even a rubber raincoat or rubber coveralls are on par for this line of work. Rubber will not conduct electricity, making it excellent to wear when working on electrical systems. While it definitely is not advisable that you work with your electrical wiring and DIY projects in a very wet environment, at least if you wear a lot of rubber and shut off the power you have a far better chance of avoiding electrocution than somebody who just shuts off the power or somebody who leaves the power on and wears a full rubber suit.
Make Sure All of Your Wires Are Covered, Capped and/or Grounded
Electricity cannot spark, arc or jump to you if all the wires you were working with are wrapped, capped, covered and/or grounded. Grounded is the best way to go because then any small electrical surge that occurs when you turn the power back on will revert back into the circuit instead of outward towards you, the prime escape route. If you do not know how to ground electrical wire, at least make sure that the wires are wrapped with electrical tape (which is made of thin rubber or non-conductive plastic!), capped with electrical end caps or covered by the face plates and tucked safely inside the wall.
Contact a professional like SDS Electric to learn more.