Avoid wet working conditions and other dangers
Remember that any hazard becomes much more dangerous in damp or wet conditions. To be on the safe side, assume there is dampness in any work location, even if you do not see water. Even sweat can create a damp condition!
❑ Do not work wet—Do not work on circuits or use electrical equipment in damp or wet areas. If necessary, clear the area of loose material or hanging objects. Cover wet floors with wooden planking that can be kept dry. Wear insulating rubber boots or shoes. Your hands must be dry when plugging and unplugging power cords and extension cords. Do not get cleaning solutions on energized equipment.
❑ Use a GFCI—Always use a GFCI when using portable tools and extension cords.
Avoid overhead powerlines
Be very careful not to contact overhead powerlines or other exposed wires. More than half of all electrocutions are caused by contact with overhead lines. When working in an elevated position near overhead lines, avoid locations where you (and any conductive object you hold) could contact an unguarded or uninsulated line. You should be at least 10 feet away from high-voltage transmission lines.
Vehicle operators should also pay attention to overhead wiring. Dump trucks, front-end loaders, and cranes can lift and make contact with overhead lines. If you contact equipment that is touching live wires, you will be shocked and may be killed. If you are in the vehicle, stay inside. Always be aware of what is going on around you.
Use proper wiring and connectors
❑ Avoid overloads—Do not overload circuits.
❑ Test GFCIs—Test GFCIs monthly using the “test” button.
❚ Avoid wet conditions! Even avoid damp conditions!