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Be Careful With Do-It-Yourself Projects
Do-it-yourself projects are a great way to save money.
They can also be extremely rewarding. There's a sense fo pride that comes from accomplishing a job yourself. Many electrical projects fall into the DIY category. Installing ceiling fans, lighting fixtures or appliances are fairly easy and do not require a large investment in tools. Other tasks are more challenging and potentially more dangerous. Before you begin your project, here are a few tips to keep you safe.
Know your limitations. The first rule of DIY safety is this : Don't do it yourself if you are not qualified for the job. Unless you are familiar with the basics of electrical wiring, turn over electrical projects to a licensed electrician. It is better to be safe than sorry- and Keeping you safe is Mt. Wheeler Power Cooperative's primary goal.
Turn off the power. Even 120 volts can be deadly. Always turn off the power to the circuit you will be working on. To do this, locate your main service panel and turn off the circuit breaker. It is also a good idea to take time and label all of the breakers so you can identify them quickly.
Remember, there are wires behind those walls. Even if you are not working on an electrical project, you need to keep electrical safety in mind. Before you cut or drill into a wall or ceiling, be conscious of how deep you are cuttting or drilliing to avoid hitting wires. Even if you have the circuit turned off, cutting into wires can create a fire hazard when you turn the power back on.
Use GFCI protectors if you are going to be using extension cords. Ground-fault circuit interrupters are designed to protect you from electrical shock. When using extension cords, use a GFCI outlet or GFCI whip-a short extension cord with a built-in GFCI protector. These are not expensive and can save your life.
In addition to turning off circuits and using GFCIs here are a few more precautions to prevent injury:
*Wear gloves and safety glasses
*Use tools with insulated grips when working on electrical projects.
*Even if you are just changing light bulbs in a lamp or appliance, make suer it is unplugged.
*Avoid working on electrical systems in we locations or where water is present. Never work on electrical systems in the rain.
*Because aluminum ladders conduct electricity, you should never use them for electrical projects. Buy a quality fiberglass ladder instead
*Wear rubber-soled shoes or use rubber mats, particularly on concrete floors.
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