Safety Rules for Electric Motors

Safety Rules for Electric Motors

October 5, 2018

Occasionally you may need to analyze your electric motors and make some necessary repairs. Of course, any time you’re working with electricity and/or mechanical devices, you need to abide by some basic safety precautions so you can avoid hurting yourself or others.

Here are a few safety rules for electric motors, from a company specializing in electric motor repair in Columbia, TN:

  • Create a safe environment: You can’t safely perform a repair job if you’re not working in a safe space. You should have plenty of light in the area so you can see exactly what you’re doing, and your work area should be well organized and clear of any junk that could get in the way or be potentially hazardous in any way.
  • Keep children away: There’s no need for children to be anywhere near the work area if you’re working on an electric motor. Not only are there very small parts that could be choking hazards, but the process can also be dangerous in ways. For example, solder can contain lead, which is harmful for anyone, but especially for curious small children.
  • Wear safety equipment: Always wear safety goggles—these motors spin very fast and there’s a chance they could kick something up at your face if you’re not careful. If you’re soldering, make sure you use any other safety equipment you would use for that task.
  • Use super glue properly: Most repair kits come with a heavy-duty super glue, which instantly bonds to the target material. Make sure you point it away from your body and face, and do not squeeze the bottle while you’re opening it up.
  • Be careful of sharp parts: There are some parts of your electric motor that are likely to be sharp, including the pushpin and t-pin. Be careful not to poke yourself—you could break the skin.
  • Be careful of burns: If you have a large current flowing through the transistor, there’s a good chance it is running quite hot. You should avoid touching it to prevent burns. In addition, if you’re using a soldering iron, obviously that tool is going to get extremely hot as well. So be careful with that tool and handle it safely, or else you’ll find out just how easy it is to severely burn yourself with it.
  • Be careful of electricity: You should never use more than 12 volts to power the motor. There’s a chance you’ll get an electric shock if you do so. In addition, excess voltage could result in parts beginning to overheat. As that heat builds, so does the risk of a fire in your facility.
  • Keep an eye on the equipment: You should never, under any circumstances, leave a motor unattended. Stick with the job until it’s done.

These are just a few tips that will help you ensure a safe job. For more information about electric motor repair in Columbia, TN, we encourage you to contact the team at Action Electric Motor & Pump Repair with any questions you have.

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