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Safely Handling Objects that Conduct Electricity

It is critical to be careful when working with electrical objects, outlets, wires, and other components of electrical systems. Electricity can shock and burn a victim or cause a fire, which can cause multiple injuries and deaths. When you are working with electrical systems, always make sure the electricity source is turned off before taking components apart.

Know which substances conduct electricity, as well, and keep these away from electrical sources and potential hazards like frayed wires. The human body conducts electricity, so it is possible to suffer an injury when holding one of these substances and working with electrical sources and hazards. If you suffer an injury because of another party’s negligence, such as leaving an electrical hazard and conductor nearby, you can seek compensation for your damages through a personal injury claim.

Which Substances Conduct Electricity?

Impure water, which means the water contains some type of debris or another element, such as salt, is probably the most well-known electrical conductor. It is also likely to be the one most commonly present in your home. Do not use an electrical appliance if you are wet or have wet hands.

Other elements that conduct electricity, which means that electricity can run through them, include:

  • Silver;
  • Aluminum;
  • Copper;
  • Iron; and
  • Steel

Prevent an Electrical Accident

Whether you are in your own home, another individual’s home, your workplace, or a public place, you can take safety precautions to reduce your chance of being injured by electricity. When you are using an electrical device, always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for use. Do not use the wrong size batteries or the wrong voltage charger for the device.

Electrical fires can be deadly. According to the National Fire Protection Association, 47,700 fires start in American homes because of electrical failures or malfunctions every year. Overloading your circuits can increase your risk of creating an electrical fire. A few ways to prevent a circuit overload include:

  • Always plugging appliances directly into wall outlets, rather than using extension cords or outlet converters;
  • Always use a bulb with the recommended wattage when replacing bulbs in lighting fixtures. Bulbs with wattages too high for their fixtures run the risk of causing fires; and
  • Have your home inspected by an electrician to determine where you can add additional outlets and how you can effectively use your electricity.

Remember, a power strip does not add power to your home. It simply adds outlets among which your electricity must be divided.

Work with an Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer

If you have suffered an electrical injury in an accident, you have the right to seek monetary compensation for your damages through a personal injury claim. To learn more, contact our team of experienced personal injury lawyers at Moen Sheehan Meyer, Ltd. today to set up your initial consultation with us. We can answer all of your questions and help you make productive decisions about moving forward with your personal injury claim.

Published June 22, 2017
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