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Don't wait until your building burns down like the Creche in Soweto. Implement these electrical safety tips today!

by , 23 June 2015
The voltage of electrical current in businesses and homes has enough power to kill!

Even something as simple as changing a light bulb without unplugging the lamp can kill someone.

The deaths of two toddlers at a crèche in Soweto that burned to the ground this week was because of an electrical fault.

Save the lives of you and your employees by making sure everyone implements these electrical safety tips today...

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If there was a fire, violent strike or explosion in your company, would your first aider know what to do?
WARNING: Just because you've appointed a first aider and have a first aid kit in your office doesn't mean you've done everything to protect your employees
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Implement these electrical safety tips to save lives

  • Plan every job and think about what could go wrong
  • Make sure your employees use the right tools for the job.
  • Use procedures, drawings, and other documents to do the job, like instruction manuals.
  • Isolate your machines and equipment from energy sources.
  • Have rules in place stopping employees and visitors from getting too close to power sources.
  • Test your circuits and every conductor before each use.
  • Use PPE as a last resort, not the first line of defence.
  • Make sure your first aiders have proper training in case of an emergency, using Emergency First Aid Planning.
  • Your employees must only work on electrical equipment when they're not electrically charged. Unless procedures and safeguards are in place to ensure no exposure to your employees and visitors.

These aren't the only electrical safety tips you need to implement…

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Imagine a fire breaks out in your office and your building bursts into flames!
Will your employees know what to do?
Will they:
  • Recognise the fire alarm?
  • Know where the fire extinguishers are?
  • Know where the nearest exit is so they can leave the premises as quickly as possible?
  • Follow an evacuation plan?
Or will they run around screaming and bumping into each other in panic?
It's your legal obligation to make sure they know what to do and where to go!
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More tips that will save the lives of you and your employees

  • Provide insulated tools in areas where there's a possible electrical hazards.  
  • Guard overhead power lines where possible.
  • Check and double check safety regulations when a ladder or parts of any vehicle or equipment will be near electrically charged overhead power lines. People standing on the ground are particularly vulnerable.
  • Protect flexible cords and cables from physical damage. Check cords for cut, broken, or cracked insulation.
  • Keep slack in flexible cords to prevent tension on electrical terminals.
  • Verify that all three-wire tools and equipment are grounded.
  • Water, electrical equipment, and power cords do not mix! Use protection in wet or damp environments.
  • Always double check the operation of your voltage testers
  • Verify location of all buried or embedded electrical circuits before digging or cutting. Determine the reason that a fuse operated or circuit breaker tripped before replacing or resetting.
  • When replacing lamps and bulbs, make sure the replacement matches the one you take out.
Don't let an electrical fault be the cause of your business going up in smoke! If you need to do a risk assessment to see where your business is vulnerable, use the Risk Assessment Toolkit.

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