For many people, electricity is still a somewhat mysterious force. It’s invisible, has no smell or sound, and yet can light up cities, power buildings, and do many miraculous things. It’s also extremely dangerous in anything other than small amounts, and that danger could lead to serious injuries or even death if you’re not careful. To help you stay safe when dealing with electricity, here are a few safety tips you should follow.
Keep Electrical Devices Away from Water
Water and electricity don’t mix. In fact, water is one of the best electrical conductors on the market, and can send a current surging across it, which could in turn cause injury to anyone it happens to touch. As such, keep electricity away from water as best you can. Don’t use devices like radios or music speakers in the bathroom unless they’re waterproof, and never use a hair dryer around a running sink or while sitting in a filled bathtub. The same can be said for your kitchen: keep any electrical mixers, toasters, and other appliances far away from your sink while in use.
Cover Your Outlets
Odds are you have electrical outlets all over your home to provide you with easy, convenient places to plug in and power your devices. While these plugs are inherently safe to touch, they’re dangerous to children who often just can’t help but be curious what happens when they stick something in it or lick it. If you have young children, cover any unused outlets and teach your children starting from a very young age that these outlets are not toys or things to mess with.
Teach Your Children
Speaking of children, teaching them very early on about how dangerous electricity can be will do wonders for increasing their respect and safety around it. Teach them that metal leads on electric objects are not to be touched for any reason, exposed wires shouldn’t be touched, and that they should always get an adult for help if they notice any potential hazards like a downed power line or sparks coming from an outlet. The more your children know from a young age, the more likely they are to treat electricity with respect and the less likely they are to hurt themselves or anyone else with it.
Thunderstorms are powerful forces of nature that in some ways are beautiful. However, they’re also nothing to mess with. A single lightning strike carries an estimated 30,000 amps of electrical current at as much asone billion volts, which some estimate would be enough energy to power the entirety of the United States for around 20 minutes! That means if you start hearing thunder and seeing lightning strikes in your area, you need to get indoors as soon as possible to stay protected. Lightning will tend to strike the tallest conductive object in a particular area, so staying under cover will usually help ensure the current is directed harmlessly around you.
If you or someone you know has been injured as a result of someone else’s negligent care or handling of electricicty, you may be entitled to compensation. Call a Stuart personal injury attorney fromLauri J. Goldstein & Associates, PLLC today at 866-675-4427 to request a case evaluation.