Did you know?
An AC unit operating in the shade uses as much as 10% less electricity than one operating in the sun. Plant trees or shrubs to shade AC units but don't block the airflow.
Electrical Safety at Work
Safety is an important issue everywhere, and the workplace is no different. The following tips will help you stay safe around electricity at work.
- Any work done, no matter how minor or temporary, should be performed according to all applicable codes and standards.
- Before a job is started, check electric cords for wear. Never yank, kink or bend cords, and store them loosely coiled in a dry place.
- Never carry a tool by its cord. And make sure to keep all tools, work areas and storage spaces clean and dry.
- Personal protective equipment is an essential in the defense against shock or electrical burns. Make sure to keep boots, gloves and other gear in good condition.
- Don't overload an outlet. Don't use an extension cord as a permanent wiring solution.
- Don't run a cord under a rug or furniture. It may be damaged or get overheated.
- If a piece of equipment gives off a mild shock, unusual heat or odd smells, don't use it.
- Uncoil an extension cord fully before use. Make sure the amperage is adequate.
- Protect flexible cords and cables from physical damage.
- Keep slack in flexible cords to prevent tension on electrical terminals.
- When a fuse operates or circuit breaker trips, determine the reason before replacing or resetting.