Office of Emergency Management
| Environment, Health & Safety
| Worker Safety
Rules for Working with Electrical Equipment
- Upon indication of any unusual performance of the electrical equipment or the experimental circuit, turn off all power and unplug power supply.
- "If it smells, pull the plug."
- Avoid contact of wet materials with circuit.
- Do not work with wet hands or clothes.
- When checking an operating circuit, keep one hand in your pocket or behind your back.
- Maintain a work space clear of extraneous material such as books, papers and clothes for at least one foot beyond the area of the operating circuit.
- Never change wiring with the circuit plugged into a power supply.
- Never plug leads into power source unless they are connected to an established circuit.
- A special rule for wet cells: they should be placed on a piece of non-conducting material.
- Check circuits for proper grounding with respect to the power.
These simple actions will reduce the risk, if you receive a shock, of electrical current passing through the heart.
- Turn off power source and unplug.
- Use foam extinguisher or sand to put fire out. Never use water.
- When fire is extinguished, check circuit to determine cause.
- Do not turn on circuit until cause of fire has been established and the fault corrected.
- Notify X5911 immediately to report and obtain additional assistance.
Shock or Explosion:
- Turn off power source and unplug
- Apply artificial resuscitation, if necessary.
- Have someone call X9-911 or 9-1-1, then X5911 or (281) 290-5911 to request immediate medical assistance.
- Stay with the victim until relief arrives.
Report the accident to Office of Risk Management.