Home Improvement | 6 January 2017Top 10 Safety Tips for Home Wiring Share article facebook twitter google pinterest Safety should be the primary concern of anyone working with electricity, and Black & Decker’s Advanced Home Wiring, Updated 4th Edition, is here to help with a top ten list of home wiring safety tips. Although most household electrical repairs are simple and straightforward, always use caution and good judgment when working with electrical wiring or devices. Common sense can prevent accidents. The basic rule of electrical safety is: Always turn off power to the area or device you are working on. At the main service panel, remove the fuse or shut off the circuit breaker that controls the circuit you are servicing. Then check to make sure the power is off by testing for power with a voltage tester. Tip: Test a live circuit with the voltage tester to verify that it is working before you rely on it. Restore power only when the repair or replacement project is complete. Never attempt an electrical project beyond your skill or confidence level. Top 10 Safety Tips for Home Wiring 1. Shut power OFF at the main service panel or the main fuse box before beginning any work. 2. Create a circuit index and affix it to the inside of the door to your main service panel. Update it as needed. 3. Confirm power is OFF by testing at the outlet, switch, or fixture with a voltage tester. 4. Use only UL-approved electrical parts or devices These devices have been tested for safety by Underwriters laboratories. 5. Wear rubber-soled shoes while working on electrical projects. On damp floors, stand on a rubber mat or dry wooden boards. 6. Use fiberglass or wood ladders when making routine household repairs near the service mast. 7. Extension cords are for temporary use only. Cords must be rated for the intended usage. 8. Breakers and fuses must be compatible with the panel manufacturer and match the circuit capacity. 9. Never alter the prongs of a plug to fit a receptacle. If possible, install a new grounded receptacle. 10. Do not penetrate walls or ceilings without first shutting off electrical power to the circuits that may be hidden. Buy from an Online Retailer US: UK: Get all of the information you need to complete home wiring projects and make sure they are up to code, even for solar power collection! Black & Decker Advanced Home Wiring contains a carefully selected group of home wiring projects that goes far beyond the basics of adding a receptacle or rewiring a lamp. Take your skill in working with electrical systems to a new level. Projects include adding a stand-alone, direct-current circuit powered by the sun; installing an automatic standby power system; replacing a main service panel; grounding and bonding your electrical system; installing a radiant flooring system; and working with 240-volt and three-phase power. There are also updated circuit maps to show available neutral, information on AFCI-protected service panels, and crucially important changes in GFCI protection codes. All projects include clear photos and are current with the 2014–2017 National Electrical Code. The editors and publishers at Cool Springs Press have combined their decades of experience to create more than 30 best-selling classics on gardening, landscaping, home repair, and remodeling. With the added expertise of the United States’ most knowledgeable Do It Yourself writers and photographers, our state and local gardening books are tailored to specific regional environments across the country, while our renowned series of foolproof home improvement books have long been trusted on both the bookshelf and the job site. Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.