The introduction of electricity into our lives has surely made a lot of things easier and faster. But while it proves to be really useful, it can also be dangerous when not handled with utmost care. Here are some tips to keep in mind to stay safe when working with electricity.
- Never work on any device that is still hooked up to the power source. Sure this has probably been mentioned to you a million times but it does not hurt to say it again here. Always unplug any device you are thinking of working on to avoid any potentially fatal situation. But simply unplugging an electronic or electrical device from the power strip is not enough. You have to remember that you have to remove it by holding onto the plug itself and not on the device's power cord to avoid damaging it.
- Always use the appropriate tools whenever working on repairs. Have you ever noticed how various electrician's tools are equipped with thick enough insulating materials on the handles? Always remember that you have to use the correct type of tools whenever working on anything that is fed with electricity. Not only will you minimize the potential damage to the object being repaired but also curtail the chances of getting accidentally electrocuted in the process.
- Ground yourself, especially when working with machines that have fragile components. Computers are an example of electronic devices that have elaborate and fragile components. Handling these types of machines should be done with extra care to make sure that no damage to you and to the device is made. Before you pry open a computer's Central Processing Unit (CPU), it is imperative that you ground yourself properly first. Not only will this practice guarantee that no amount of static electrical energy ruins the microchips within the CPU, but also make sure that you do not get that slight but really annoying stinging sensation caused by a minor electrocution. Visit your local electronics shop to find an anti-static kit or static discharger device. Another option would be to hold onto any metal object first, say the metal casing of your computer, prior to working on it.
While it will cost you extra, it is still always advisable to enlist a professional's help whenever there are matters that concerns handling electricity. This is especially true if you are not too confident about your skills in handling DIY projects. Of course, emergency numbers such as those of the local fire and police departments, and the nearest clinic in your area should be known to all members of the household just in case you decide to test your tinkering skills and unfortunately end up getting electrocuted.