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Keep It Clear: Electrical Panels

Look for new requirements for keeping the area around electrical equipment (panels, shut offs, etc) clear.  This is from a recent National Electrical Code update: Keep It Clear:Proposal for 2014 NEC would sharpen requirements for clear work space Jeffrey Sargent … Continue reading

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Lockout/Tagout

Lockout/tagout refers to securing tools and equipment when they are being repaired to reduce or eliminate the chance of accidental release of energy.  What that means is that if you are working on equipment that could accidentally start up, or … Continue reading

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Electrical History Quiz

Most of us take electricity for granted.  It is an interesting story about how the electrical grid got built.  GE started making appliances to increase the demand for the real product–electricity. Did you know that the electrical code addressed charging … Continue reading

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Safety Tip: Outdoor electrical safety

The weather is nice and people are doing more outdoors.  With that, we see electrical cords outdoors.  Here are a few outdoor electrical safety tips: Check the condition of the cord  before use.  Make sure the grounding prong is in … Continue reading

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Minnesota OSHA’s most frequently cited standards

Minnesota OSHA recently published their most frequently cited standards from 2011: After each federal-fiscal-year (October through September), Minnesota OSHA identifies which standards it cited most frequently. Three fact sheets, identifying citations in the construction industry, in general industry and combined, … Continue reading

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May is National Electric Safety Month

This article was in a recent National Fire Prevention Association newsletter: Flipping a light switch. Plugging in a coffeemaker. Charging a laptop computer. These activities are second nature for most of us. Electrical appliances and devices make our lives easier. … Continue reading

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Safety Tips for Home and Work

NFPA has easy to read handouts on home safety, with tips that apply to the workplace as well.  These handouts come in different languages, and include mostly graphics, so they are easy for anyone to follow.  These easy to read … Continue reading

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Don’t make life shocking: electrical safety

Electrical safety is important whether at home or at work.  NFPA Safety Source reminds us about a new electrical safety tip sheet: NFPA offers new electrical safety tip sheet Flipping a light switch. Plugging in a coffeemaker. Charging a laptop … Continue reading

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Can you repair extension cords?

Q: Can extension cords be repaired? A: Yes, provided the repairs restore the cord to its approved condition. Electrical equipment and conductors, including extension cords, must be approved by a nationally recognized testing laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL). … Continue reading

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Safety Tip: Extension Cords

With the warm weather still upon us, more fans are being used, and there is greater need for power.  Extension cords should be unplugged at night, checked daily to make sure they are in good condition (not missing the grounding … Continue reading

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