Electricity has become a necessary part of our lives and industry. Whether used to power your home, office, or new electric vehicle you cannot avoid its importance in our everyday lives. Many people were skeptical of its potential and were actually afraid of what it could do, their concern is well justified. There are electric hazards around us every day. This could be power lines, open wires, lightning, machines and motors, or any device with a wire like a common electric razor. Understanding how electricity works is necessary in using it responsibly. The National Fire Protection Agency has listed many codes for construction and low voltage type installations. These codes protect people and businesses from improper installations that could be a fire hazard, or from electric shock. In dealing with electricity you should reference codes such as the NFPA standards to ensure you are performing a safe installation and to know the proper practice in dealing with cables, electric equipment, etc. Two things that do not mix when it comes to safety are electricity and water. At no time should there be a wet surface and any liquids around wires that are hot, or carrying an electric current. If the electricity were to touch the liquid it could cause electrocution or a fire depending on what type of liquid it was. As a rule of thumb, keep wires away from any liquids and keep liquids away from any electric equipment. Make sure when dealing with any electric system that the system has been properly grounded. Electricity follows the path of least resistance to the ground. In many cases this can be your own body, if the system you are dealing with hasn’t been grounded. Many high voltage systems require grounding rods to be buried several feet into the earth. Before flipping on the power make sure your ground wire or cable is connected. Also, avoid connecting multiple power strips to one outlet. People do this way too often, and it definitely becomes a fire hazard. When you try to connect too many devices through one outlet the wires can overheat and cause a fire. Limit your use to one power strip per outlet and don’t daisy chain them together. The best protection you can have is knowledge. If you don’t know how a system works, or you are unsure which wire is carrying current then simply don’t touch it. Pay attention to warning signs for high voltage carrying equipment. Following good safety practice in accordance to NFPA standards is the proper method when designing or installing any electric system. Always make sure to have on protective gear such as boots, gloves, and safety goggles. Finally make sure that all of your electrical appliance are properly working and plugged into the correct outlet. Your home provides power at two voltage levels, plugging something into the wrong outlet will damage the equipment and probably cause a fire. Make sure all of your outlets are installed with either Arc Fault Interrupters or Ground Fault Interrupters. These are installed to protect your outlets for over current conditions and burning up anything plugged into them during power surges.