Electrical safety is essential in any business, company or industry. From exposed wiring to faulty circuits, your electrical items, circuits and appliances can experience a range of issues which, if left untreated, could be incredibly dangerous. However, you should never attempt repairs yourself, and should always hire a qualified and professional electrician. Here at Walker Electrical, we are Preston’s leading electrical experts. As a result, we have produced this guide to electrical safety in the workplace.
Do’s and don’ts for electrical safety at work
- always contact a professional, qualified electrician for an electrical issues
- have electrical issues checked out by an electrician at the first available opportunity
- keep up to date with your PAT testing and ECIR
- make sure your PAT testing and electrical inspections are conducted by a professional and qualified electrician
- turn off any electrical items at the socket and unplug them if you are carrying out any electrical work. This will prevent any damage
- use electrical items that have been approved and have the appropriate standards and kite-marks
- keep your electrical items well maintained
- use the correct wattage light bulb if you are fitting any light fixtures
- use the correct size current for any circuit breakers and fuses you may be using
- attempt any electrical repairs yourself
- remove any plugs from a socket or power point by pulling the cord. This can be very dangerous and lead to electrocution.
- overload your sockets with multiple extension leads
- unplug or plug in electrical items with wet hands
- use any electrical item with exposed wiring or obvious signs of damage. This will need to be PAT tested.
- use any sockets that are damaged or sparking as this can be a fire risk.
For more information or advice, get in touch with the experts today, here at Walker Electrical.