Electricity is one of the most utilized modern inventions. In fact, most of the other developments are based on the availability of electricity. But handling electricity can be dangerous if proper care is not taken. Health and Safety (HSE), UK issues guidelines for a safer human-electricity interaction. Following are some of the selected points you should know about the electrical safety.
Direct Current (DC) vs. Alternating Current
Most people think that DC is safer. In fact, both types of currents can be dangerous and it mainly depends on the voltage.
Is it OK to get a shock once in a while?
Many people think that it is OK to get a shock once in a while. However, it shouldn’t be like this. You do not know when a shock may prove fatal.
What is the dangerous level of voltage?
Anything above 50 volts can be dangerous to touch. However, even small voltages, like the battery cells in a toy, can cause sparking and fire. So, it is always advisable to take precautions while handling and storing such objects.
Should I do my own electrical work?
Yes, you can do some of your electric work on your own. But it is important to know your limits. You should never attempt to do an electric work if you are not confident about it.
What should I do if I believe that electrical safety is not being considered in my workplace?
You should draw the attention of the concerned person immediately. If you still believe that the electrical safety is not being considered, you should notify HSE.
How can I know if an electrical equipment is safe?
There are certain checks to verify the safety of electrical equipment. A simple visual inspection can often tell the signs of equipment safety. If you suspect that it is not safe, detailed checks must be carried out.