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What are the safety basics of electrical grounding?

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Safety basics while performing electrical grounding include making sure all wires and cords are undamaged, checking that all circuits are performing well and inspecting all electrical fittings to be sure none need to be replaced or repaired. Electrical grounding is the process of stabilizing an electrical current in order to limit the variation and volume of a machine's electrical current. When grounding a current, individuals run a high risk of errant shock or electrocution.

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When performing any electrical grounding work, workers should be sure to have a strong understanding of the process of grounding and the type of electrical current that is being worked within. Workers should also keep a first aid kit close by in case of injury. Many injuries involving electricity can be very serious, including problems with the heart as well as severe burns. Workers should be aware of common symptoms of serious electricity-related injuries and know where the nearest hospital or emergency care center is located.

Because of the high risk of electrical shock, it is also wise to only use non-conductive tools or tools with non-conductive handles and grips. Tools like these can absorb limited amounts of electricity and protect the user from serious harm.

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