03 Oct Safety; Keeping it clean and clear
Lets talk safety again, can you see a problem in these photos?
The problem is there is no clearance for the Electricians to work on the meter. What happens if the meter starts sparking? Oh my goodness, then you have your AC unit on fire also! Plus the heat from the AC unit going can heat up the meter. Electricians need room to work. There is actually code on this, from the NEC Code Book – “For equipment serving between 120 volts and 250 volts, the regulations require a minimum of three feet of clearance. The width of the working space in front shall be 30 inches minimum or width of the equipment. The OSHA standard (29 CFR1910.305 (d)) requires a dead front on electrical panel boards.”
There are many times Electricians have to wade through boxes or storage containers or outside equipment such as wheelbarrows, lawn mowers, hoses, etc to get to the panel/meter or box they are working on, which causes an unsafe environment for them. Also, again, if there is sparking coming from the panel or meter or electrical box and it sparks and hits a cardboard box in your storage area, then you have bigger problems then a light or outlet not working.
So, lets keep it clean for your safety and ours!
Disclaimer: this is an information blog, not meant as a how to, please always call your local insured and licensed electrical contractor to work on your electrical!