It may look clean and simple, but wires — live wires especially — can be tricky to handle. Metal manufacturers, as well as insulator manufacturers in Australia, and in different parts of the world, make and keep wires safe for the public to use. But, having a live wire in your home is always possible. Safely handle live wires with these tips and to keep you and your family from avoidable injuries and even loss of life.
Safety hacks in handling live wire:
Keep your hands and working area dry. Water increases the conductivity of electric current. A simple contact between a live wire and water can electrocute a person and even cost a life.
Turn off the main source
Apart from keeping the area dry, make sure to turn off the main source when fixing broken wires, especially live wires.
Protect yourself. Wear rubber gloves and goggles when working with live wires. Work in an area where you can freely move. Before handling live wires, check your surroundings for possible appliances and equipment that can be energized unexpectedly with exposed electric currents. These machines often have “Shock Risk” warnings attached to it.
De-energized, confirm with a tester
Do not attempt to repair energized equipment. Use a tester to check whether it is energized or not. A yellow bulb will light up when the equipment is energized and serves as a signal that you should not touch it.
Seek professional help
Despite all these safety precautions, the safest way to handle live and exposed wires is to seek professional help. Keep yourself isolated and your main electrical source turned off, if possible until help comes.
Avoid unnecessary electricity breaks by maintaining your wires and equipment regularly. Remember, prevention is always better than cure. When struck with a dilemma, follow these safety tips, and call for help.