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Safety Precautions Routinely Undertaken by Electricians

Most of us have felt a mild electrical shock at some point in our lives. Whether from faulty wiring of a lamp or the childlike inexperience that leads us to pry stuck toast loose with a knife, we have been shocked. Those extremely mild jolts of electricity are enough to underscore the importance of safety precautions being taken by electricians.

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Working with electricity every day, professional electricians need to be extremely conscious of potential dangers and take appropriate precautions. The condition of the workplace and an electrician’s tools are of paramount concern, along with proper footwear and rubber grips on tools. Proper safety precautions can be the difference between life and death for electricians, so their value can hardly be overstated.

Keeping Tools in Good Condition Safeguards Electricians

First of all, an electrician needs to keep their tools in excellent condition, in order to avoid accidents that can happen if they malfunction. As subject to wear and tear as any equipment, electrical cords can fray, wires can pull loose, and cutting edges can dull. Careful inspection and maintenance of tools and equipment goes a long way to protecting electricians.

Secondly, because of the importance of their condition, an electrician’s tools should be kept locked up. Whether because one is fascinating or because it comes in handy for something the homeowner or a co-worker is doing, tools left out get used. The only way an electrician can be confident of the condition of his tools is to lock them up when they’re not using them.

A Clean Workplace Is a Safer Workplace

Finally, it is important for the work area to be orderly and clear of things that can constitute hazards. A walk-around to look for cabling, tools, and wires left on the floor is a good safety precaution both before and after a job. Not only do homeowners appreciate the cleanup because it improves the appearance of the house, but their safety is also protected.

Don’t Change That Ceiling Fan, Call an Electrician

Installing a ceiling fan often seems like a simple do it yourself project. After all, how hard can it be to hook up a fan, right? Unfortunately, they are not quite as easy as one would think and because they can require electrical installations and/or adjustments, it is best to call on a certified electrician for its installation.

First, let’s look at some of the tools and supplies needed for this job. If you don’t have them, you are going to have to go out and buy them. Some of these supplies and tools are not cheap and if you are not going to use them again, why spend the money?

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  • Claw hammer
  • Cable ripper
  • Bonding screws
  • Electrical boxes
  • Switch covers
  • Compass saw
  • Stud locator

If these items are not in your toolbox already or you simply do not know for what they are used, this job may be just a bit too much to undertake at this time.

While having to purchase new tools and supplies is one reason to let a professional handle this job, the fact that you would be working with live electricity is the most important reason to call a licensed electrician. There is definitely the need to tap into existing wiring and if the current load is at its limit, you may need to add additional breakers to the current breaker box. Is this something you are prepared to do?

Tasks such as this that seem simple are often when do it yourselfers do the most damage to their homes. This is especially true when electricity becomes involved. Older homes may not be up to code, but it is unlikely the average DIYer will know the difference. If there is ever one area of the home where you are best served to use a licenses professional, it is when dealing with electricity.

Tools of Electricians

Many tools that electricians carry, or at least have in their trucks, are common household tools that most homeowners own. Phillips and flat-head screwdrivers of various sizes, a hammer, and pliers are as necessary to electricians as they are to the average homeowner. A retractable tape measure and a number two pencil are other common items that are as useful for the pros as they are for average Joes.

Specialty Tools

What are not as likely to be found in the tool drawer of homeowners are the tools produced specifically for electricians. These can be thought of in two main groups of equipment, tools and replacement parts. The better equipped your electrician, the more likely it is that they have broad experience, and are well prepared to handle every situation.

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On any electrician’s list of essential equipment are:

  • Either a volt-ohm meter or a multi-meter
  • A multi-purpose tool
  • A battery powered screwdriver to quickly remove and insert screws without electricity
  • A soldering pencil
  • Jumper wire
  • Fish tape
  • Replacement fuses

Recognizing an Electrician by Their Tools

If someone shows up without a Volt-Ohm Meter, chances are good that it is not your electrician. Needed to check electrical current, it is used to find faulty fuses and outlets and determine the cause of problems with appliances. Multi-Meters combine an ammeter with a voltage meter and an ohm meter, but they read only within a specific range.

An electrician’s multi-purpose tool is another specialized item, combining an array of other tools in what at first glance looks like a pair of pliers. Wire cutters, insulation strippers, bolt shearers, wire loopers, all of them are cleverly built into a single tool. Replacing separate tools for crimping, cutting, and even measuring wire diameter, these multi-purpose tools promise to shrink the size of tool belts.

If you find yourself in need of an electrician in the Middle Tennessee area, give us a call, and we will come out to fix your problem!