Electrical Safety in the Office

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Electrical Safety in the Office
Use good habits to stay safe from electricity while in the office. (Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Mo Riza)

Whether you are home or at the office, you should always stay vigilant against electrical hazards. At the office, it is up to everyone to pay attention to electrical safety and avoid potential injury.


The Workplace Safety Toolkit suggests having enough wall and floor outlets to eliminate the need for extension cords and power strips. Extension cords are not designed to withstand the power draw of large office equipment, and present a fire hazard. Using power strips can cause you to overload circuits, which also present a fire hazard.

Electrical Safety in the Office
Having enough wall and floor outlets is vital. (Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Joe Hall)

Garbage Cans

Keep garbage cans away from electrical equipment to prevent liquid from discarded cups from splashing onto power outlets and creating a hazard.

Extension Cords

Do not run extension cords across crowded walkways as they may present a tripping hazard. Do not cover extension cords with rugs as a short in an extension cord could cause a fire.

Power Surges

Put office equipment on surge protectors to protect from sudden power surges. Be certain the surge protectors are rated to handle the amount of power the equipment draws.


Keep up on office equipment maintenance to maximise their performance and protect against electrical shock due to faulty wiring.

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