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May Is National Electrical Safety Month.

Electrical hazards in the workplace can cause serious injuries and fatalities if workers and employers do not take appropriate safety precautions. To raise awareness of National Electrical Safety Month, which takes place in May, the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) created a campaign that educates audiences about how to prevent injuries, fatalities, and property loss associated with electrical accidents, including fires. The campaign offers a wide range of resources, including fact sheets, tools to help promote electrical safety, and media outreach materials that will help employers establish an effective electrical safety awareness campaign in the workplace.

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the following are examples of injuries that electrical workers are exposed to:

Electrical shock injuries: These injuries are caused by direct contact to an electrical wire or equipment and require immediate medical attention to avoid permanent damage.
Burn injuries: Electrical burns from direct contact with currents, or thermal burns from arc flashes or blasts are very serious. Arc flashes can cause deadly burns within seconds.
Fall injuries: When working from ladders or in other high locations, workers can fall from heights. In addition, they can be exposed to electrical currents from live wires.
Death by electrical shock: If a worker is exposed to too much current for a prolonged period, it can have fatal consequences.
Electrical Safety Tips for the Workplace
Electrical hazards can cause a range of serious safety issues, including fires, property loss, injuries, and fatalities. Fortunately, many of these issues can be avoided by taking simple safety precautions, including the following:

Indoor Safety Tips
Replace all electric cords that are damaged, frayed, or cracking. Avoid overloading electrical outlets, as this is a fire hazard.
Extensions cords should only be used on a temporary basis, and not for permanent household wiring.
Avoid running wires under carpets or rugs. Electrical cords should not be nailed to walls or floors.
Never place electrical appliances or tools near water. If an appliance has become wet, turn off the power breaker, then unplug the appliance and remove it from the water.
If children are in the vicinity, use outlet covers. Never insert anything into an electrical outlet, other than an electrical plug.
If you notice any flickering lights, sparks, or outlets that do not work, contact a licensed electrical contractor to ensure that the system is functioning properly.
Outdoor Safety Tips
Downed power lines are extremely dangerous. Never touch them or try to move them. Call 911 or a local utility company immediately and let them know that power lines are down.
When using a ladder or working on an elevated area, watch for overhead power lines.
Some utility lines are underground, so be sure to check the area for utility lines, pipes, or cables before digging or excavating in the area.
Do not plant trees in the vicinity of power lines or utility equipment.

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Electrical Fires & Safety

A weekly article that will offer information concerning the Kilgore Fire Department and provide safety tips for home and family.

When we think about electricity, we think about electric current. Electric current is the power running along wires in our home and generates heat as it travels. The electrical current is like water running through a hose. The size of the cord can carry only so much electricity before it starts to overheat. The insulation on home wiring, fuses, and other parts of the electrical system are all designed to carry a certain amount of electricity safely. The more electricity you draw along a cord, the more quickly it heats up. For instance, an appliance like a space heater can draw a lot of current and needs to be plugged in with a properly designed cord.

Extension cords

The plugs on cords are the places where heat builds up and the more cords you connect together, the more trouble spots you have. The connection between an extension cord and an appliance cord does not have the same safety features as those that are built into a wall socket. That is why extension cords are for temporary use only.

Maintenance

Electrical wiring needs maintenance and inspections. Have your electrical system examined by a licensed electrician every 10 years, All electrical work should be done by a licensed electrician who obtains a permit when required. The permit process protects homeowners by requiring that an inspector check that the work is done correctly.

Arc-fault circuit interruptor

The AF-CI is a new device designed to actually reduce the likelihood of fires. It responds to arcing and sparking within a circuit before the circuit breaker or fuse trips. The AFCI breaker trips to help prevent the fire from occurring in the first place. The AFCI is installed at the electrical panel. AFCIs are mostly found in newly built homes, but can easily be installed in older homes equipped with circuit breakers.

Ground fault circuit interrupter

Installing GFCI receptacles can reduce deaths from electrical shock in and around the home by two-thirds. GFCIs should be installed by a qualified electrician in places near water such as kitchen counters, bathrooms and other areas subject to moisture, including outdoors.

Next week will be another article on electrical safety.

Stay S.A.F.F.E.,

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3 Best Ethernet Cables to Buy in 2019

In every part of the world, access to the internet can be done through wired networks or wireless network. For the wireless network, all you need is a router with a high-speed network and has the ability to connect to devices without having to physically connect wires to the router. As for the wired network, it is done through the use of Ethernet cables. These cables are used to connect various devices on the local area network (LANs). These include routers, PCs as well as switches.

As different cables get into the market, it is important to do your research on the best cables so that you are able to get the most outstanding experience. Ensure that you know the difference between the various types of cables available in the market.

1. Cat6 patch cords.

These are manufactured and tested to conform to all the necessary standards for Cat6 communications. Each lead is made with high-quality Cat6 plugs, highly flexible PVC sheath and stranded copper conductors. Between the cable and plug is a boot to provide strain relief and protection to the cable. The low profile design of the boot means it is ideal for use in high-density installations.

Features

· Guaranteed performance to 250MHz

· The particular saw-tooth design of jacket towards the inner can enhance the resistance of alien crosstalk

· The unique design of the PE cross reduces the NEXT and RL and provides better transmission.

· Superior cable flexibility from stranded cores

· Boot maintains correct bend radius to ensure maximum performance

· Connector? 8P8C, RJ45, 50-inch gold plating

· Flame Retardancy is verified according to IEC 60332-1-2.

· RoHS compliant.

2. Cat5e Patch Cords

The Cat5e patch cords are designed and individually tested for connecting the network equipment to a patch panel and network user outlet. They are warranted for cat5e TIA/EIA-568-B-2.1 June 2002 Channel test on a Permanent Link certified for transmission frequencies of up to 100 MHz

Features

· Light identification by plastic optical fiber,

· Many lengths 2 feet (0.6 m) up to 16 feet (4.9 m) for patch panel and terminal link,

· Color cable: Black with white marking,

· Color boot: Grey with white marking,

· The movable color clip, 16 colors available,

· Packaging: boxes of 12 pieces, depending on the length,

· Available in cross patch cord,

· Marking on the boot: length and P/N,

· Unique serial number marking on the cable,

· Individually tested: each patch cord is individually tested,

· Electrical performance tests performed on a sampling basis (1000 Base T Warranty) (Return Loss, Attenuation, NEXT, etc…)

3. Ethernet Bulk cables

These bulk cables come with Optical Fiber Identification. Available in 6 lengths from 0.6 m to 4.9 m. Conforms to EIA/TIA 568-B2.2-1 category 6 and comes with a 25-year guarantee for use in category 6 channels inter-operable with any cabling system.

Features

· Black sheath

· Grey boot to distinguish it from black booted category 5e patch cords

· Part number and length printed on the boot

· Compatible with color-coded Patch Clips for the first level of identification

Quality Control

· 100% testing of electrical and optical properties

· Test results saved onto a database

· Each patch cord identified by a unique serial number

· Plastic cross web unshielded (UTP) and individually foil shielded pairs (FTP)

· PVC sheath for UTP cables and zero halogens (LSOH) sheath for FTP cables

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Rural/Metro Fire: Electrical safety in the home tips

Electrical fires are responsible for over 60 percent of accidental residential fires, according to Rural/Metro Fire Department.

Most of these malfunctions are due to improper use of extension cords and power strips.

Rural Metro wants to remind the community to remember the following safety tips when using electrical equipment:

  1. Remember that extension cords are for temporary use only, such as using a shop Vac for your car or using a string trimmer for your yard. Never use an extension cord for long term use such as a refrigerator.
  2. Never plug an extension cord into a power strip. This can overheat and cause a fire, especially when used with high power loads.
  3. Power strips can only be used for low power such as computers or AV equipment. Never use a power strip for high power loads such as space heaters, microwaves, coffee pots, or refrigerators. This can cause a serious fire in your home or office.
  4. Never run extension cords through ceilings, or staple to walls. Again, they are for temporary use.
  5. Finally, never run any cord under a rug. The cords can fray, get pinched and prevents the cord from releasing heat and could lead to a fire.

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What to never plug into a power strip.

The misuse of electric extension cords and power strips also cause more than three thousand house fires every year, killing about 50 people and injuring over 250. Here are some rules on how to use power strips correctly to keep you and your loved ones safe.

Between all the cellphones, computers, tablets, t-vs, stereos, routers, and lamps, you may have an area in your home that looks like this.

Rules To keep away from electric fire hazard:-

  1. Never overload your power strips and If the power strip or extension cord feels hot, that is a sign that it is overloaded and may start a fire.
  2. Never plug high power capacity appliances, like space heaters, refrigerators, or microwave and toaster ovens into power strips or extension cords. These appliances have higher power capacity and need to be plugged into a wall outlet directly.
  3. Always plug power strips directly into the wall. It is o.k. temporarily to plug an extension cord to a power strip, but never a power strip to an extension cord. Also, do not connect multiple extension cords together.
  4. Don’t use indoor power strips outdoors. If the power strip gets damaged by rain or snow, it can damage anything plugged into it.
  5. Never place rugs over extension cords. They can get easily damaged while being walked on and since the cords are out of view, the damage is too. Thus leaving exposed wires that can cause a fire
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Important Precautions for Installation of Electric Cables

  1. The cables and wiring external to the equipment must have flame retardant properties and should be installed in such a manner that it should not interfere with the original flame retarding properties.
  2. Cables and wirings for emergency equipment, lightings, communication, and the signal should be kept away from spaces like galley, laundries, machinery space of category A & other high-risk areas.
  3. Special precautions are to be taken for cable installation in the hazardous area as it might lead to an explosion in case of an electrical fault.
  4. Terminations and joints are to be made in such a manner that it should retain its original fire resisting properties.
  5. Avoid cable for damage and chafing during installation.
  6. Fireproof glands to be used in case of the cable passing through the bulkhead as it would prevent the fire from one compartment to other.
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Electrical Safety Tips

  • Work with experienced Electrician: We advise you to work with a competent, experienced registered electrician to update any home wiring and to avoid going down the DIY(Do it Yourself) route for this task. Because incomplete knowledge is a dangerous thing.
  • Install additional outlets so that you end up relying on using multiple extension cords: If you plan on adding new rooms to your house or adding more appliances to existing rooms, make sure to get your electrician to install additional outlets to ensure that you won’t end up relying on using multiple extension cords for all your electrical needs.
  • Know appliance safety updates: If you have bought new appliances or electrical goods for your home makeover, make sure you register them so that you will be the first to know of any product recalls or safety updates.
  • Do not overload any sockets: Carefully plan out the layout of your appliances with the aim in mind to not overload any sockets. Make sure you are aware of the limits of your power outlets are and stay within them.
  • Work after researching thoroughly: Don’t undertake any DIY(Do it yourself) electrical work without researching thoroughly if it’s an installation that is permitted for homeowners to undertake.

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Fire crews issue reminder to ensure your holiday plans don’t go up in smoke.

‘Tis the season when people are using more electricity, likely to power up their favourite holiday decorations and to keep warm.

As more of us begin stringing those lights and putting up the Christmas tree, fire crews are urging you to use caution to make sure you have a safe holiday season.

“Around electrical safety, firstly make sure that you’re using only extension cords that are rated for their use, so indoor or outdoor-specific cords that are certified by ULC and that are large enough to hand the current load that you’re putting on them,” Vancouver Fire Captain Jonathan Gormick explains.

He recommends looking over the cords your currently have to make sure they’re up to snuff, and says to replace any that seem old or damaged.

Also, never route cords under carpets or furniture, no matter how much of an eye sore they may be.

“When you’re decorating and you want your living room or wherever your decorations are set up to look nice, it might seem convenient to tuck the extension cord away, what’s the worst that could happen? But there is a lot of bad things that can happen and it doesn’t take much for that insulation to get damaged and the possibility of that to short out.”

When it comes to space heaters, never leave them unattended, and Gormick says to keep them away from anything flammable, like curtains or other types of fabric.

“If people are still using live Christmas trees… they need to be watered daily and the water supply at their base needs to be kept full,”. “Those trees can dry out quickly and become extremely flammable when they’re dry.”

Of course, it’s also the time of year when many are probably cooking a lot of food for a lot of people.

He says to never leave cooking unattended, and make sure your home is equipped with working smoke alarms and fire extinguishers.

Increase in call volume

People tend to spend more time at home over the holiday season. When you factor that into the increased hazards associated with an uptick in electrical use, cooking, and other elements, Gormick says it’s not unusual to see an increase in call volume — especially in residential areas.

“Most of the calls we go to during the holiday season involve the things we mentioned,” he says.

However, crews aren’t just responding to reports of fires.

“It can also be a stressful time of year so we attend medical calls because family’s over, people are undergoing stress, people are over consuming, and of course then they get distracted when they’re cooking and we do see an uptick in kitchen fires this time of year.”

Gormick says it’s rare to see issues with outdoor lights, but adds people still need to be vigilant.

“It doesn’t take much to be safe.”

If you need more information about home safety, or if you’re concerned about your smoke alarms, you can reach out to your local fire department.

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Practice safety with your holiday lights.

It’s the time of year when homes are filled with fun, decorative lights – but it’s also a dangerous time when fire hazards can threaten the holiday cheer. As the Valley’s largest electric provider, Salt River Project is encouraging customers to stay safe this holiday season as they plug in decorative lights, surge protectors and extension cords.

Each year, hundreds of homes are damaged or destroyed by fires that start with overloaded circuits, Christmas trees or holiday lights, according to the National Fire Protection Association.

“We can’t stress enough the importance of checking all of holiday lights and power cords before plugging in to make sure they are in proper, working condition. The desert heat can do a lot of damage to these stored items throughout the year,” said Regina Lane-Haycock, with SRP Safety Connection.

SRP offers free materials to learn more about electric safety. Visit srpnet.com/safety to request materials or for more tips.

Here are some important safety tips to remember:

*Check each set of lights, new or old, for broken or cracked sockets, loose connections or frayed or bare wires. Discard all damaged cords.

*Don’t overload outlets or extension cords.

*Plug holiday lights and displays into GFCI protected outlets to prevent serious electric shock.

*Use only indoor and outdoor lights that have been tested for safety and are certified with the Underwriter’s Laboratories (UL) label.

*To hook up outdoor lighting, use a three-prong grounded extension cord with the UL label.

*Always unplug tree lights and decorative outdoor lighting before leaving the house or going to bed.

*Indoor and outdoor automatic lighting timers can be used to ensure that lights are not left on by mistake.

*Check that cords are not exposed to water due to sprinklers or irrigation.

*Keep electric cords out of high-traffic areas.