Most homes have a circuit breaker box that controls the flow of power to various parts of the home. If there is a power surge, the box may trip one or more circuits to prevent a larger problem from occurring. When resetting a circuit or otherwise working around electricity, it is important to take steps to avoid electrical shocks.
Always Be Wary of Live Wires
It is important that you never assume that there is no power just because a circuit has been turned off. Ideally, you will conduct a test to determine if there is any electricity being generated before touching a circuit breaker box. Alternatively, you can call a professional from Lion Home Service in Fort Collins to help with an electrical project. Our services range from installing smoke detectors to checking the wiring throughout your home.
Use Materials That Don’t Conduct Electricity
It may be in your best interest to use tools that are made from rubber or wood as they won’t conduct electricity. This is another precaution that you can take to ensure that you don’t get shocked even if the circuit breaker is turned off. Most metals are considered to be conductors, which means that they can transfer an electrical current from a circuit breaker to your skin through a screwdriver or other tool.
Follow the Instruction Manual
If your circuit breaker box comes with an instruction manual, it is a good idea to use it. There may be detailed instructions directly from the company that made the box that can help to keep you safe. It may also be a good idea to call the electric company to ask for tips or other insight that can help to keep you safe around a breaker box.
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