There are many reasons why we should have a routine electrical inspection and testing whether for diagnostic testing, fault finding, or safety check, we must be cautious at all times. It is a dangerous job and safety should be maintained at all times to reduce the risk of injuries. We must be experienced, skilled, and equipped to handle the job to prevent accidents such as accidental short circuits, burns, fires, and electrical shock. It is important to have first aid kits available during testing. You must follow a safe system and be supervised by a trained individual. To reduce unforeseen errors, here as some safety tips:
Take precautions for people doing the inspection and for those who live in the household. The tester should be a trained professional who understands the safety practices when performing the job. There should be responsible individuals who undergo first aid training.
Use suitable and appropriate equipment to prevent coming into contact with live parts. It is important to use safe and properly maintained tools and materials to avoid malfunction during an inspection. Do not leave hazardous and dangerous instruments unattended.
Provide a suitable workplace. Have a temporary work area that is away from people not involved with the project and that should be supervised at all times. If available provide a warning light that indicates testing is in progress. Have an accessible emergency off button that will shut down all electrical components in case of an accident or injury.
Properly secure test area. Have safe doors that can be locked to keep children from entering the unsafe sections.
Be knowledgeable about the testing coverage. It is important to cover only low voltage household appliances. Leave the hard work to the pros.
Test instruments prior to use. This is essential to prevent accidental short circuits.
Avoid eating and drinking inside the testing place. Water is a good electrical conductor and should be kept away from open and live wires.
Use appropriate protective gear such as gloves and masks for additional protection.
Check for legal requirements. Review safety codes and regulations to ensure and implement necessary precautions. If needed, secure a permit to avoid conflicts and legal issues. Make sure your property and equipment are insured before conducting any dangerous work.
And most importantly have an experienced individual assist and supervise you. If you think you do not have the ability, skill, and expertise in electrical maintenance, hire a professional who is competent, licensed, and qualified for the job. Look for a highly qualified specialist who will give you quality service. Ask several friends or research on the internet. Know and familiarize their work. Do not let the cost of hourly rates affect your decision in deciding on a good service provider.
Home improvements and maintenance can be expensive but it will give you and your family security. Enjoy your home and be comfortable knowing that you are safe and free from accidents. Have regular electrical maintenance and hire a reliable electrician who is familiar with the safety codes, proper methods, correct installation, and right equipment for the job.