Entergy Texas, Inc.
myAccount|Payment Options|Our Community|Business & Economic Development|Energy Education & Safety|About Us|Entergy.com
Printable Page 
Residential Main Page
Electrical Safety
Basic Safety
Indoor Projects
Fuses/Circuit Breakers
Extension Cords
Power Tools
Installing Appliances
Cleaning Appliances
Outdoor Projects
Case Studies
Electrical Safety World
Meter Reader Safety
Copper Theft
Safety Videos

Using Power Tools

Check tools and cords for wear before you start.
Check cords and connections for wear, cuts, or frays. Make sure cords and tools are not being exposed to oil, heat, or corrosive materials.

Take precautions in wet areas.
If you are in an area where there is moisture, make sure your tools and cords are designed for heavy-duty use and the circuits are equipped with GFCIs (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters). Dirt and dampness increase the risk of shock, so be sure to keep your tools and work area clean and dry.

Take care of your tools:

  • Carry tools by their handles, not by their cords.
  • Switch tools off before plugging or unplugging, and always unplug tools before cleaning them.
  • Tool shields, barriers, insulation, and GFCIs protect you from shock. Don't modify them to try to get the job done faster.
  • If a tool sparks, if the cord heats up while in use, or if the tool delivers a shock, it poses a serious electrical hazard and should be discarded.


Copyright 2015 Culverco, LLC. All rights reserved. Not for print reproduction or distribution.