Electric safety tips everyone should know and follow

From Benjamin Franklin’s famous 1752 kite experiment to electrons powering the digital age, electricity has improved human lives in countless ways through the ages. Nearly every feature of modern civilization depends on affordable, reliable electricity—it powers our homes and appliances, charges smartphones so we can stay in touch with friends and family, enables 24/7 data centers to deliver a reliable Internet, and fuels innovative electric cars like the Tesla. While electricity is without a doubt one of the most important discoveries of all time, it’s associated with preventable dangers. That’s why it’s important to teach young children about electricity safety and follow all the rules as an adult, at home and in the workplace.

Types of electrical accidents

In the U.S., an estimated 1,000 deaths per year are caused by electrical injuries. Of these, about 400 are due to high-voltage electrical injuries, while lightning causes 50 to 300 deaths. Here are the four primary types of electrical injury:

Flash injury: Resulting from an arc flash, this typically causes superficial burns since no electrical current travels past the skin. 

Flame injury: Caused by an arc flash igniting an individual’s clothing, electrical current may or may not pass the skin. 

Lightning injury: Extremely short but very high voltage electrical energy and current flows through an individual’s entire body. 

True electrical injury (electrocution): When an individual becomes part of an electrical circuit, this typically results in an identifiable entrance and exit site. The largest number of electrocution deaths are attributed to direct worker contact with an energized power line.

Injury facts and stats

General safety rules to follow when using electricity

Follow these simple steps to prevent electrical fires, shocks, and bodily injury.

Power outage and flood-related Tips

Electricity moves quickly through water and the human body is composed of 70% water, making it an ideal conductor for electricity. 

What are 5 electrical safety tips For children?

Babies, toddlers and young children may stick foreign objects into outlets or plugs, either out of curiosity or by accident. And if they’re teething, they might have the urge to bite on electric cords.

Workplace-related safety tips

Occupational hazards include contact with energized parts, inadequate wiring, overloaded circuits, exposed electrical parts, improper grounding, damaged equipment, and working in wet conditions.

Nearly all electrical injuries are accidental and most are preventable, so take precautions to stay safe.

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