09 Conclusion

The costs associated with electrical injury are large. The community, family, and the individual suffer significant losses in terms of economic impact to society. The pain and suffering which comes with any burn injury cannot be calculated. Disfigurement, amputation and permanent disability, are common outcomes. As such, prevention is the most effective strategy to prevent injury.

Below is a list of prevention strategies to reduce electrical injury:

A. Maintain equipment and appliances through regular inspection. Look for any damage such as flickering, smoke, popping, hot fuses etc. A safety checklist may be useful when carrying out inspections of electrical equipment.
B. Disconnect broken appliances and have broken power points or frayed cords replaced immediately.
C. Keep electrical appliances away from water and wet areas. Never touch switches or power points with wet/damp hands.
D. Don't overload circuits and fuses by using too many appliances from the one power point.
E. Keep electrical cords off the floor to reduce the risk of damage from contact with sharp objects.
F. Have a plan for work in which the location of cables (overhead, underground) is determined before digging, drilling etc.

No TrackBacks

TrackBack URL: http://blog.lib.umn.edu/cgi-bin/mt-tb.cgi/184029

Leave a comment

About this Archive

Find recent content on the main index or look in the archives to find all content.