Electrical Safety

Electrical Hazards

Simply put, electricity can kill. It is also a leading cause of fires in laboratories. Types of electrical injuries include electrocution (fatal), electric shock, burns, and falls caused as a result of contact with electrical energy. Tips for working safely with electricity in your laboratory include:

  • Immediately take out-of-service equipment with frayed wires
  • Immediately take out-of-service equipment that is giving off smoke or causes a tingling sensation when touched
  • Store flammable liquids and gases away from electrical sources
  • Keep electrical cords away from sources of water
  • Do not use extension cords in place of permanent wiring

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