Electricity is essential for life in the modern world, but it can also pose deadly hazards. Below is some information about the potential hazards of contact with electricity, as well as precautions you can take to avoid electrocution or shock injury.
Dangers of electricityAnybody who comes into contact with electricity can sustain serious burns or shock. In some cases, electrocution can even be fatal. Most electrical injuries occur when people encounter downed power lines, frayed power cords or malfunctioning electrical appliances. People may also be injured if they come into contact with water that is touching a source of electricity.
Identifying potential hazardsTo keep yourself safe from electrical injuries, look for the following signs of electrical hazards:
- Appliances located near any source of water, including bathtubs, sinks and spills. Water is a conductor of electricity and its presence raises the risk of an electrical injury.
- Power cords and electrical wires close to any source of water.
- Power cords and wires close to sources of heat. Heat may damage cords and wires, making injury more likely.
- Downed electrical lines, especially after inclement weather. If you see something that looks like a downed power line, call the power company to report the incident immediately.
- Worn electrical wires or power cords. A worn wire or cord doesn't provide proper insulation and can raise the risk of injuries or fires.
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