Basic Electrical Safety
Precautions and Procedures:

Safety is all about preventing accidents. Personal injury typically occurs because safety precautions are either not learned, or they are not practiced. Easy Appliance Parts is offering some basic safety procedures and precautions to help ensure your safety when servicing your appliances.

If you cannot operate basic tools, you should not attempt to maintain or repair any of your major appliances. Call an appliance repair techinician if any repair or maintenance procedure is not understood.

Keep a first aid kit near by. Be aware of and know how to use the contents of the first aid kit. It is also a good idea to have a fire extinguisher handy just in case of an emergency.

SAFETY PROCEDURES:

Individual, electrical, appliance, and operating safety precautions are relatively similar for all of the major appliances. Make sure to pay close attention to any and all safety cautions and warnings posted on the appliance being serviced. Understanding and adhering to these safety tips can greatly reduce the risk of personal injury.

Individual Safety Precautions:

Protecting yourself from injury and harm is absolutely imperative. We strongly suggest that before you begin to maintain, install or service any of your appliances that you strickly adhere to each of the following:

  • Always wear gloves. A sharp edge on an appliance can hurt and/or cut your hands.
  • Be sure to wear safety boots. You can cause serious injury to unprotected feet by dropping any heavy appliances or tools.
  • Refrain from wearing loose clothing. Loose clothes can get caught in an operating appliance.
  • Remember to remove any jewellry when servicing an appliance.
  • If you have long hair, keep it tied back.
  • Wear safety glasses to guard your eyes from any dust or flying debris.
  • Make sure you use the correct tools and that they are clean and in good condition.
  • Keep your work area well lit.
  • Use extreme caution when handling access panels, or any other parts that could have sharp edges.
  • Abstain from putting your hands into any section of the appliance that you have not visually inspected for jagged edges or sharp screws.
  • Inspect your work area to make sure it is clean and free of water or oil spills.
  • When working with a partner, communicate effectively.
  • Ask for help if you need to move a heavy object.
  • Lift heavy appliances with your leg muscles, not your back muscles.
Electrical Safety Precautions:

Before beginning any appliance repair, make sure you know where and how to turn off the electricity to the appliance. Know the locations of any plugs, fuses, circuit breakers, and cartridge fuses in your home. Be sure to label them.

If in servicing your appliance, a voltage test is required, reconnect the power supply only for the duration of the voltage test. Disconnect the power immediately following the test. When conducting a voltage test, make sure that no other conductive parts come into contact with any exposed current-carrying metal parts.

When you replace any parts, or are putting the appliance back together, always reinstall the wires to the correct terminals as per the wiring diagram. Inspect the wires closely to make sure they are not crossing any sharp areas, are pinched in any way, caught between panels, or in between any moving parts that can cause an electrical malfunction.

It is also important to keep these safety tips in mind:

  • Make sure that each major appliance has its own grounded electrical circuit.
  • Never use an extension cord to plug in your appliance.
  • Ensure the electricity has been turned off before servicing any appliance.
  • Do not remove the ground wire from a three-prong power cord, or any other ground wires from the appliance.
  • Do not perform any alterations to any appliance switches, components, or features.
  • Before repairing any appliance, replace any damaged, pinched, or frayed wires.
  • Make sure all electrical connections within the unit are correctly and securely connected.
Appliance Safety Precautions:

Always call an appliance repair technician if you doubt the safety of your appliance.

When replacing parts, use only replacement parts of the same size specifications and capacity as your original part. Consult an appliance repair technician if you have any questions or concerns.

Inspect any water valves or connections for leaks before you reconnect the power supply.

Operating Safety Precautions:

Once you have repaired your appliance, do not operate it again until it has been properly reinstalled according to the manual's use and care instructions, and according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Know where to locate the water shutoff valves for your washer, dishwasher, or icemaker. Also know where the main water shutoff valve is for your home. Label all the valves.

Also, follow these additional safety tips to prevent injuries:

  • Do not permit children to play on or operate your appliances.
  • Do not permit persons who are unfamiliar with the proper operation of your appliance to operate it.
  • When disposing of an appliance, always remove all doors to guard against accidental entrapment and suffocation.
  • Use your appliances only to complete the tasks they were designed to complete.