Common Electrical Safety Mistakes and How To Avoid Them

It is vital to have correct electrical connections in your house, workplace, or commercial building since system malfunctions or failures represent a major danger of electrocution, risk of fire, and short circuits. Whether you work in the electricity business, are doing a project on your own, or intend to move out of an office, several common electrical setup mistakes must be avoided like the plague. The repercussions of poor connections and electrical faults are not just frustrating but disastrous! Let’s look at a few of the most common electrical safety mistakes and how to avoid them. 


Misjudging the threat of lower voltages

The only distinction between higher and lower voltages is how quickly you can be killed when you get electrocuted. High voltage kills immediately; however, the low voltage could take a little longer. A 120-volt jolt, for instance, can result in death up to 48 hours after the initial shock.

Take the proper safety measures. Even replacing a light bulb without disconnecting the lamp can be dangerous since coming into contact with the live section of the outlet can be lethal.


Neglecting to use PPE 

Most people, unsurprisingly, dislike rubber insulation gloves or arc flash personal protective equipment (PPE), especially when troubleshooting. It may be hot, unpleasant, and constricting, delaying the workflow. However, malfunctions might occur at any time. 

Perfectly good breakers might fail unexpectedly during troubleshooting caused by carbon build-up or degraded contact materials. Wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) while opening a cabinet or taking a quick check might make the difference between injuries and safety.


Failure to do regular maintenance on system equipment

Too frequently, businesses regard maintenance charges as overheads and fail to monitor power distribution equipment regularly. Although it may be difficult to estimate the savings associated with regular maintenance, the expenses of broken equipment include: unplanned downtime, lost productivity, and repair bills, not to mention staff health and safety, as well as overtime. 


Not checking for reversed polarity

Reversed polarity is one of the most dangerous mistakes that people may make. This error happens when the “hot” and “neutral” wires are reversed, and the connections are in the reverse of where they’re supposed to be. 

When the wires are swapped, you risk blowing your pricey equipment, destroying batteries, or being badly electrocuted. You can use an outlet checker to check for reversed polarity, but it’s best to work with an electrician who knows how to connect switches correctly.


Inadequate grounding and bonding

Grounding is critical to electrical safety, so you must get this process exactly right. Incorrect grounding can result in power surges or damage to equipment, leading to destructive circuits. Bonding combines various conductive parts not designed to convey electricity to the ground station. When short circuits develop due to faulty bonding, breakers may fail to trip.


Using the wrong wires and wires that are too short 

Using wrong wires lowers performance and will ultimately lead to electrical system difficulties. Take into account if the installation will be indoor or outdoor and the amperage gauge size of a circuit. Again, a professional electrician is knowledgeable about the many sorts of wiring so that you can always depend on them.

As a general rule, is it a good idea to provide three extra inches for your cables? These three inches of wiring should extend from the fuse box. Most do-it-yourself electricians cut cables far too short, resulting in poor electrical wiring throughout the installation.


Incorrect Use of a Junction Box

Again, they’re another frustration in household electrical installations when it comes to junction boxes. A junction box must install a new socket or light fixture that cannot be connected to an existing electrical box. These mystical boxes are intended to safeguard your current and avoid sparks in the event of a short circuit.

Junction boxes must not be hidden and must be accessible in case of repair.


With DIY electrical work, there is an added element of risk. Depending on the nature of the mistake, you might wind up losing cash and putting yourself in danger. So call in the experts to be safe.

Have you got questions about our residential, commercial, and industrial electrical services? Our team at Lakeview Electric will provide you with an in-depth consultation. Get in touch with us today for assistance in the Northern Nevada Area!

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.