Arc flash routines involve electricity, and the best way to stay safe while implementing general maintenance procedures during arch flash electrical projects is by following practical steps to avoid shock injuries. Although there are many practices for arc flash analysis, you can prevent electrical shock during simple and complicated routines by following strategic steps while tackling analysis tasks near water hazards and power cords.
Depending on the conditions in a maintenance environment, water could access some zones where electrical equipment is stored. When water soaks anything that distributes electricity, all analysis steps should be delayed until the components have dried. Although slightly damp electrical equipment may not seem dangerous, the chances of experiencing an electrical shock increase dramatically when light water covers vulnerable surfaces on power lines or cords. The risks are higher because water has elements that boost an electrical current’s conductivity, and this is why you should inspect circuits and electrical equipment thoroughly following spills and severe flood events.
Tactics for Cords
Pests and sharp objects can harm the housing on power cords that distribute electricity to industry equipment. When you find a cord that has a frayed or severely damaged housing, you shouldn’t try to use the line because someone may experience an electrical shock after touching the electrified portion on the housing.
Tool and Accessory Options
Since some electrical wires and panels can conduct electricity during maintenance projects, you should always implement maintenance procedures while using insulated tools. These tools boost safety because they have a thick coating that shields electricity that generates when metal touches an electrified object.
In order to stay safe during arc flash projects, you must use proper products that prevent electric shock. The process of gathering various items is easy because they’re available at most hardware stores.