6 Mistakes to Avoid When Testing Electricity

6 Mistakes to Avoid When Testing Electricity

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Do not make these errors when testing electricity.

Whether you’re a homeowner who likes a bit of DIY or a trainee engineer, you should take extra care and caution when handling electrics. You may know from experience that sometimes too much haste and not enough planning can lead to shortcuts or skipping the basic safety practices. It is at this time when an injury can readily occur. Prevent accidents and injuries by taking a look at these mistakes to avoid when you’re next testing electricity.

Mistake No. 1: Replacing the original fuse with a cheaper one.

If your digital multimeters, an instrument designed to measure electric current, voltage, and usually resistance, typically over several ranges of value, (DMM) meets today’s safety standards, the fuse is a special safety sand fuse designed to pop before an overload hits your hand. When you change your DMM fuse, be sure to replace it with a recommended fuse.

Mistake No. 2: Using the wrong test tools for the job.

There are a variety of multimeters on the market, so it’s important that you’re using the right one that is suitable for the requirements of the task at hand. Even if you have to change multimeters throughout the day, using the right tool can help to keep you safe.

Mistake No. 3: Using a bit of wire or metal to get around the fuse altogether.

This may seem like a quick fix if you’re caught without an extra fuse, but the fuse could be all that ends up between you and a spike headed your way.

Mistake No. 4: Leaving your safety glasses in your shirt pocket.

It’s easy enough to do – and forget. Safety glasses, insulated gloves, and flame-resistant clothing should be worn at all times.

Mistake No. 5: Working on a live circuit even if there is a way to shut it off.

Whenever possible, de-energize the circuit. If the situation absolutely requires working on a live circuit, then use properly insulated tools, adequate personal protective equipment, and remove watches and jewelry.

Mistake No. 6: Using outdated or defective test equipment.

When the leads are frayed or the meter acts up, it’s time for new replacements. Even if you really love your old voltage tester, use a safe, new one that is adequate for the job at hand. New upgrades will cost less than an emergency room visit.

Your team at Hoffman Brown Company cares about your safety and well-being.  Contact us with any questions or concerns.