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Nov

Electrical Panel Main Breaker Safety

Breaker shutoff safetyThe main breaker of the electrical panel of your home controls all the power supplied to your home. If something goes wrong with it, the result can be violent and tragic. We have seen situations where small parts inside breakers have been known to fall out of the breaker and connect with the power bar behind it. When it touches, the energy that is misdirected is like a grenade exploding, sending high velocity shards of hot metal and plastic spraying forward into the victim’s face. When turning  the main breaker  on or off, it is critical that safety procedures be strictly followed.

When you are turning  the main power to your home on or off,  follow this simple process very strictly. Wear a long sleeved cotton shirt (no polyester) and work gloves. (Burn trauma centers can attest to the added complication of polyester melted into skin.) Identify the main breaker you need to shut off.  Place your hand firmly on the breaker to ensure you maintain control of it. Reposition your body so that it is entirely beside the panel, Turn your face away from the electrical panel ( this is why your hand is already holding the breaker switch ) Pull the switch firmly to the opposite position.

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