CDE Lightband - Clarksville Department of Electricity – Clarksville, TN

We all understand that electricity can be dangerous but CDE Lightband wants to remind you of some of the dangers and how to keep yourself safe 

“The amount of electricity used by one 7.5 watt Christmas tree bulb can kill you in a fraction of a second if it passes through your chest.” This is a pretty scary statement, however, it’s meant to make you aware of just how dangerous electricity can be.

Electrical Hazards

  • Shock: A response to the electric current passing through the body.
  • Arc Flash/Blast: Emits heat and intense light that causes burns.
  • Fire: Occurs with faulty outlets, old wiring, cords, and switches.
  • Explosions: When electricity ignites explosive material in the air.

Electrical Safety Tips

  • Unplug appliances when not in use,
  • Use the proper wattage for lamps and lighting fixtures.
  • Never run cords under carpets, rugs, doors, or windows.
  • Get rid of damaged extension cords.
  • Keep electrical appliances and tools away from water.
  • Always call a professional.
  • The power supply to an electrical circuit should always be disconnected before working on it.
    • Use the following tips to ensure your safety
      • Test to make sure the meter is operating properly by testing the meter on a know live circuit.
      • Turn off the power supply and test the circuit that is to be de-energized using a meter.
      • Repeat Step 1 to avoid any failure in the operation of the meter.

Electrical Appliances

  • The most important rule for home appliances is that electricity and water don’t mix.
  • Keep appliances, especially hair dryers, away from bathtubs, sinks, and wet hands.

Home wiring

  • Your home wiring is just a number of loops or circuits. 
  • A “live” wire brings current to a light or an outlet.
  • A “neutral” wire returns current to its source.
  • Between inside wiring and outside power lines is a service panel.

Prevent Electrical Fires

  • A 100-watt bulb gets up to 300 degrees.
  • Keep anything that will burn away from light bulbs, portable heaters, or toasters.
  • Turn off heating and cooking appliances before leaving home
  • Don’t overload outlets.

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