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Mastering Electrical Cord Safety at BEST

May 3, 2024 - Posted By Katie Park

In every work environment, it's vital never to overlook the potential hazards of electrical cords. Common electrical injuries, including burns, shocks, electrocutions, falls, and bruises, highlight the need for caution in our daily tasks.

At BEST, safety isn't just a policy—it's a culture we cultivate daily. As part of our commitment to safety, we conduct regular meetings to discuss crucial safety topics with our team. Today, we're focusing on electrical cord safety.

Here are our top tips for safe electrical cord handling:

  • Regular Inspections: Before each use, inspect the cord for wear, fraying, or damage. Replace any damaged cords immediately.

  • Keep Hands Dry: Handle cords with dry hands to reduce the risk of electric shock. Make sure your surroundings are dry before using electrical equipment.

  • Clear Paths: Prevent tripping hazards by keeping cords away from walkways and high-traffic areas.

  • Secure Properly: Avoid using staples or nails to secure cords. Opt for cord organizers or clips instead and avoid running cords under carpets or through walls.

  • Unplug Safely: When unplugging, always pull the plug head instead of the cord itself to prevent damage and reduce the risk of electrical shock.

  • Avoid Overloading: Be mindful of electrical current and wattage ratings, and never overload the cords. Use three-prong extension cords for proper grounding.

  • Use Power Bars Wisely: Use power bars instead of chaining extension cords together to reduce the risk of overheating and electrical fires.

Prioritizing electrical cord safety not only protects you and your team members but also extends the lifespan of your equipment. Stay vigilant, stay safe, and make cord safety a priority in every task.