Electrical Product Safety

Understanding the importance of reliable and safe electrical products is paramount in the electrical industry. Relectric safety articles aim to empower you with relevant safety knowledge so that you can make informed decisions when it comes to purchasing, installing, and using electrical products.

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Temporary Electrical Power for Natural Disasters

5 Reasons Temporary Electrical Power is a Lifeline When Disaster Strikes Wildfire Support: Support during wildfire disasters includes power to command centers for battling fires, allowing for real-time observation and communication. Additionally, the skids provide power to portable water pumping stations used to put out fires in remote locations with damaged power infrastructure. They make it easier …

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Ground Fault and Arc Fault 101

Ground fault and arc fault are sometimes used interchangeably but they are actually two separate things. Ground fault is a type of short circuit sometimes known as “short to ground.” It happens when current going out on ungrounded phase (energized “hot” current) accidentally makes contact with a ground path. Electricity always wants to find a path to ground. Sometimes this unintentional path to ground is a person’s body. Ground fault causes electric shock that could be severe or fatal to people…

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What’s the Difference Between Short Circuit and Overload Conditions?

Short circuit and overload conditions are a bit different but they both pose similar dangers. Read on to see their slight differences. Short Circuit – We know that current flows in a path from point A to B – this is considered one phase. A short circuit occurs when current flow deviates from that path in two different ways: phase-to-phase (direct short) or phase-to-ground (ground fault). When current flows from one phase to another, also known as a direct short, that huge amount of current…

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Why Circuit Breakers Fail

Who doesn’t get a little frustrated when the power goes out every now and then? Especially when you’re in the middle of something. Circuit breakers seem to fail at the least opportune time. But why do circuit breakers fail anyway? First, let’s get back to the basics. We know that circuit breakers trip when there’s …

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Ground Fault Basics

Ground fault is simply a short in the system. It occurs when current going out on ungrounded phase comes back on grounded path. To avoid shock hazards, current going out any one phase must come back on another phase or neutral.   Ground Fault Protection A ground fault protection device is required to protect from …

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Stay Safe by Improving Your Material Handling Techniques

According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WRMDs) are a leading cause of pain and suffering in the United States.  These injuries are often the result of poor material handling techniques and can prove costly for employers in any industry. Those in the electrical trade often find themselves pulling, pushing, …

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Electrical Safety Precautions Every Contractor Needs to Take

While electrical contracting work is rewarding, it does come with its fair share of risks.  To reduce these risks, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has established standards to address electrical hazards for contractors.  Unfortunately, these electrical safety standards are neglected far too often, as can be seen by looking at the top ten most …

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Why Is Proper Switchboard Maintenance Important?

Low and medium voltage switchboards play an important role in the safety and efficiency of an electrical distribution system.  Many industrial, commercial, and residential buildings rely on switchboards to effectively distribute electrical power to appliances or electrical devices that are then used by consumers.  Without proper construction and maintenance of the switchboard, failures in the …

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Selecting Proper Overcurrent Protection Devices

Electrical distribution systems can be complex, and no system is perfect. Accidentally damaging equipment, a tough environment, equipment deterioration, and many other factors can contribute to the occurrence of overcurrents. To avoid costly damage and exposure to serious safety hazards, it is important that proper overcurrent protection devices (OCPD) are installed.  Selecting the appropriate OCPD …

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Safety Tips for Low-Voltage System Electricians

With improved engineering and design of electrical systems, the amount of hazards that electricians face has been significantly reduced.  However, electrical work still poses certain risks that make the job particularly dangerous.  It is estimated that 600 people die every year from electrical causes—most of them involving low-voltage power (600 volts or less).  Following these safety …

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