Electrical hazards can cause short-circuit, burns, shocks, fire and electrocution or even death. Remember the following:
- Assume that all overhead wires are energized at deadly voltages. Never assume that a wire is safe to touch even if it is down or appears to be insulated.
- Never touch a fallen overhead power line. Call the relevant authority to report fallen electrical lines.
- If working at heights or handling long objects, survey the area before starting work for the presence of overhead wires.
- Stay at least 10 feet (3 meters) away from overhead wires during cleanup and other activities.
If an overhead wire falls across your vehicle while you are driving, stay inside the vehicle and continue to drive away from the electrical line. If the engine stalls, do not try to get off of your vehicle. Warn people, outside the vehicle, not to touch the vehicle or the wire. Call or ask someone to call the local relevant authority and emergency services.
- Never operate electrical equipment while you are standing in water.
- Never repair electrical cords or equipment unless qualified and authorized to do so.
- Have a qualified electrician inspect electrical equipment that has gotten wet before energizing it.
- If working in damp locations, inspect electric cords and equipment to ensure that they are in good condition and free of defects, and use a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) device.
- Always use caution and wear adequate PPE when working near electricity. (Ref: OSHA)