Important information on electrical hazards

Injuries resulting from contact with live electrical circuits can burn
body tissue; skin, initiate heart tremors, and cause explosions or
fires. You can increase your chances of staying safe by following
a few steps. Grounding electrical devices creates a low-resistance path
for the current that connects to earth. Keeping the area around the
electrical device clear of any liquids or conductive metals. 

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Be Safe During the Holidays

Important Holiday safety news via EHS Today:

Electrical accidents typically increase during the holiday season. The U.S. Consumer and Product Safety Commission reports that during the 2 months surrounding the holiday season, more than 14,000 people are treated in hospital emergency rooms due to injuries related to holiday decorating. In 2010, the National Fire Protection Association stated that holiday lights were involved in an average of 150 reported home structure fires per year during 2004-2008. Those fires caused an average of eight civilian deaths, 16 civilian injuries, and $8.9 million in direct property damage per year.

Read the full EHS article.

Incorrectly refurbished circuit breakers: electrical hazard alert from US DOL

Here’s a very useful electrical hazard alert from the US Department of Labor:

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently learned of a hazardous condition that may exist in certain molded-case circuit breakers modified by a third-party rebuilder. The breakers may have an actual rating of 600 volts AC (alternating current) (VAC) or less, but are labeled as 1,000 VAC and may contain incorrect parts that can cause the breaker to malfunction.

OSHA bases the details of this alert on an alert issued by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) entitled, “Hazardous 3rd Party Modified Circuit Breakers [66 KB PDF, 2 pages].”