I’m no electrician, but I once learned about electrons and protons in high school science. I’ve also had a bit of “hands-on” experience with electricity, and learned a few rather shocking lessons. My concern for humanity has overcome my embarrassment, and leads me to warn others not make the same mistakes I’ve made. So here are a few safety tips concerning electricity. Please read them carefully. They could just save your ass:
- Always use a wood-handled knife when making toast.
- “Ground” isn’t just dirt, it’s also water. And it even includes your bare feet standing in the water.
- Never clean your breaker box with a garden hose.
- Aluminum conducts electricity. Who would’ve thought? Never set your soda can on top of exposed wires.
- Never, I repeat, never, use copper wire for kite string.
- Always drain the swimming pool before trying to change a burned-out pool light.
- When taking a bath, always set the Boom Box on the floor and not on the tub ledge.
- You can’t escape lightning by climbing a tree.
- If a toddler shoves a nail into an electrical outlet, put on a leather glove before pulling it out.
- Some house wire insulation is colored black. This denotes power. It also symbolizes loss of consciousness.
BE AWARE & BE SAFE!