Electrical Summer Safety Tips
JMC Electric, located in Kansas City, Overland Park, warns residential users of electricity of the dangers that are present when water comes in contact with electricity. To reduce electrical hazards, JMC Electric offers the following Summer safety advice:
- This is the season for swimming and boating. Awareness of electrical hazards around water can prevent deaths and injuries.
- Everyone likes to use the warm weather time to clean their gutters. Using extreme caution when using metal ladders around power lines.
- Use electrical outlet covers on outdoor receptacles near swimming pools use special protection for all pool power. Electricity and water do not mix!
- Keep cords and electrical devices away from pools.
- Never handle electrical items when you are wet.
- Use a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) to help prevent electrocutions and electrical shock injuries. Portable GFCIs require no tools to install and are available at prices ranging from $12 to $30.
- Electrical devices such as circuit breakers, fuses, GFCIs, receptacles, plugs and switches can malfunction when water and silt get inside. Replace those that have been submerged.
- Do not allow power cord connections to become wet. Outdoors, dangers such as power lines in contact with water can pose electrical hazards. Indoors, submerged outlets or electrical cords may energize the water, a potential lethal trap. Before flipping a switch or plugging in an appliance, have an electrician check the house wiring and appliance to make sure it is safe to use.
- When using a wet-dry vacuum cleaner or a pressure washer, be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions to avoid electric shock.
Contact JMC Electric at 913-362-2100 or (816) 298-0100 for a free estimate on all your local residential electrician interior and exterior lighting solutions.