Hospital and Lab Electrical Safety

Protecting Electrical Outlets for Maximum Hospital & Science Lab Safety

Every year, countless tragedies occur that could have been avoided. Electrical injuries, for example, account for approximately 4,000 trips to hospital emergency rooms annually. Electrical outlets are directly related to over 5,000 fires each year, causing injury or death for approximately 150 people. In addition to the devastating loss of life, hazardous electrical conditions cause $20 million in property damage on an annual basis.

As appalling as these numbers are, however, the real tragedy is that the lives that were lost may have been saved if proper hospital and science lab safety precautions had been made a priority. Protecting laboratory and hospital environments from hazardous electrical outlet conditions is paramount as patients, visitors, scientists, employees, and data all face potential danger when electrical outlets are used improperly. Promote hospital and science lab safety now by installing high-quality electrical safety products from a lab safety supply source like LectraLock® and avoid the common electrical outlet hazards below.

1. Do not overload electrical outlets. Electrical outlets are designed to carry a finite amount of electricity and an overloaded outlet compromises hospital and laboratory safety. When an electrical outlet is overloaded, heat is generated. The heat, although often undetectable, damages the internal wiring and can lead to fire.

2. Protect refrigeration units for hospital and science lab safety. To ensure hospital and science lab safety, certain vaccines and medications require constant refrigeration. Guarantee sensitive refrigeration units receive continuous power by protecting the unit's electrical outlet with an electrical outlet cover from a lab safety supply source like LectraLock.

3. Do not risk hospital and laboratory safety with extension cords. Approximately 2,500 extension cord injuries occur each year. To maximize hospital and laboratory safety, only use extension cords on a temporary basis. Never place an extension cord under rugs or furniture, as the cord can overheat and cause fire. When an extension cord must be used temporarily, ensure it has a wattage rating equal to or greater than the equipment to which it will be connected.

4. Routinely check plugs and cords for signs of wear and damage. Damaged plugs pose a serious risk to science lab safety. If you find equipment with frayed cords or damaged plugs, immediately terminate use of the equipment until a qualified technician can replace the cord.

5. Protect young visitors from electrical shock. Children under the age of 4 suffer 86% of all electrical injuries. Protect children from electrical injuries by using electrical outlet covers from a lab safety supply source like LectraLock.

6. Use flame-retardant electrical outlet covers. Electrical sparks from unprotected electrical outlets can start a fire by igniting with oxygen or other flammable chemicals. Use flame-retardant electrical outlet covers from a lab safety supply source like LectraLock to prevent a minor incident from becoming a devastating tragedy.

7. Unauthorized use of electrical outlets compromises laboratory safety. Effective hospital and laboratory safety relies upon the responsible use of electrical outlets. Prevent disoriented patients or unauthorized users from using electrical outlets by installing electrical outlet covers or safety lockout devices from a lab safety supply source like LectraLock.

8. Avoid holiday decorations. Over 1,300 Americans visit the emergency room each year due to injuries caused by holiday lights. What's more, Christmas trees are annually linked to 500 fires and $20 million in property damage. Science lab safety and holiday decorations don't mix.

9. Be aware of deteriorated electrical outlets. Outlets with poor internal contacts or loose wires can overheat and emit sparks. Even unused receptacles can pose serious danger to science lab safety if they pass current to other electrical outlets on the same circuit. Prevent use of damaged electrical outlets by placing safety lockout devices from a lab safety supply source like LectraLock over any electrical outlet that feels hot or has exposed wiring.

10. Prevent plugs from becoming crushed behind furniture and equipment. Heavy laboratory equipment and hospital beds can easily crush unprotected plugs; crushed plugs can, in turn, catastrophically lead to injury, death and fire. Ensure laboratory safety by using high-quality safety products like LectraLock's patented electrical outlet covers made from 100% LEXAN®.

The importance of ensuring hospital and laboratory safety can never be underestimated. Protect your patients, visitors, scientists, and data now with high-quality electrical safety products from a lab safety supply source like LectraLock - and avoid the tragic consequences that can result from unprotected electrical outlets.

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