Electricity plays an important role in our daily lives. However, improper handling of vital commodities can be dangerous.
Here are some suggestions for your safety:
- Connect the correct size fuse or circuit breaker to your electrical circuits for adequate protection.
- Earth all electrical installations, apparatus and electrical equipment. i.e. reconnectto a general mass of earth.
- Ensure that a certified electrician does all electrical works on buildings.
- Connect electrical equipment/devices at the voltage at which they are rated.
- Seek approval from an authorised source before you proceed to make alterations or additions to existing electrical installations.
- Ensure that outdoor electrical equipment are:
- plugged in and turned on only when in use
- never be left unattended
- turned off whilst being carried or hooked up to attachments like mower baskets or saw blades
- Clean up an area before mowing the lawn or using electrical clippers or trimmers.
- Keep cords out of your path or work area. Throwing the cord over your shoulder may help.
- Keep electrical equipment covered and dry in between uses.
- Use only weather resistant heavy gauge extension cords marked “For Outdoor Use.”
- Make sure amperage ratings for outdoor extension cords are higher than the electrical equipment with which they are used.
- Select a dry day to use electrical equipment.
- If electrical equipment falls into a pool or pond, unplug before retrieval.
- Treat all electrical equipment, wires and lines as “live” unless proven otherwise.
- Stay clear of fallen or dislodged power lines, as their status is unknown.
- Refrain from tampering, touching or interfering with live electrical wires with your hands or objects.
- Report any irregularities seen on the distribution and transmission systems to the nearest JPS office.
For additional tips for Hurricane or other Natural Disasters – see our Disaster Center