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Safety Precautions To Keep In Mind When Doing Your Own Electrical Projects

If you have an upcoming electrical job in your home that requires attention and you've read extensively about it, you might be ready to take the plunge and get the job done yourself. While it's important to avoid tackling something that's beyond your expertise level -- bigger jobs are best to leave for an electrician -- you can experience a significant sense of accomplishment doing the job yourself. Where electrical work is concerned, safety is paramount. There are a number of different safety precautions that you should take before and during every job that you're working on, including these.

Always Turn Off The Circuit Breaker ... But Don't Necessarily Trust The Labeling

It's common sense to start your project by turning off the power to the area you'll be working on at your home's circuit breaker box; every online tutorial you read will stress the importance of doing so. However, what you might not know is that you shouldn't 100 percent rely on the handwritten labels adorning the box. If the previous homeowner or even the builder mislabeled the location of the circuits (for example, wrote "master bedroom" instead of "bedroom") you could flip the breaker off but still have a live current that can cause serious injury. If there's any doubt, turn off the main switch to shut down all the power to your home.

Invest In A Current Tester

Buying an electrical current tester is a smart investment to keep you safe while working on any electrical projects around the home. Often shaped and sized like a pen, this battery-operated device is equipped with one or two metal prongs that you insert into the outlet or touch to any exposed wires where you're working. This tool is especially advantageous if you've only shut off what you think is the right circuit breaker, as it will quickly tell you if the circuit is indeed shut off.

Never Work Alone

Although you might be tempted to make progress on a project when the house is quiet and empty, it's advisable to only work on electrical projects when someone else is in the home. This means that, in the event that you get electrocuted, someone else will be on hand to either administer first aid or call an ambulance for you. If you live alone, ask a friend to visit you while you work on the project for this extra level of safety.

For more tips or help tackling an electrical project, contact a company like E.J. Gray Electric.


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