Do-It-Yourself Safety Tips

Know the locations of your electrical wires within the walls of your home. If you aren’t aware of their locations, you could accidentally drill or nail into them, causing electric shock to yourself or even starting an electrical fire! 

When installing new appliances, always read the directions!

The installation instructions will give you important information about the electrical load (amps) that the appliance will pull. If the instructions are unclear or you do not feel comfortable installing them yourself, please get a licensed professional to do so for you. 

Always turn off the power at the circuit breaker.

Stopping the electrical current from running into the area you are working in can prevent injuries or even worse, death. 

When you’re working with electricity, the tools you use are important! 

Tools with insulated grips will offer you the best protection when working with or near electricity. 

If you are using a wet-dry vacuum or pressure washer (or any other appliance that uses electricity and water), follow manufacturer instructions! 

Products are tested for safety precautions and best practices to keep the user safe. Not following the manufacturer recommendations can be dangerous. 

When using power tools, use a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCIs). 

This will offer additional protection against electrical shock. 

When DIYing tile with a wet-saw, ensure that the cords do not have any damage. 

If you accidentally splash water onto exposed wires or touch them with wet hands, you are risking an electrical shock. 

Before digging, be sure to call 811. 

Calling 811 is a free service that helps you to find out where utility lines are running underground. These include not only electrical lines but phone, water, and gas lines as well. This will not only protect you from personal injury, but also protect your liability in the case you accidentally hit an underground wire.