Farm Safety Check: Electrical Safety

Farm Safety Check: Electrical Safety

Electrical-Safety-Checklist-2020 MAY 2017

Electrical safety is key to prevent fires, injuries, electrocution and potential death. Take a look at possible electrical hazards on your farm by starting with this checklist.

Where could electrical hazards be “hiding” on your farm?



The checklist below lists a few common hazards you can look for:

  • Are all electrical outlets grounded to accommodate (3 wire) appliances and equipment?
  • Are electric wires firmly supported or in conduit?
  • Are all electrical cords in good condition (not cracked, broken or brittle)?
  • Are stationary power tools properly grounded?
  • Can electrical equipment be locked in the “off” position, particularly when equipment is being repaired or serviced? Is a lock available?
  • Are all workers aware of overhead power lines?
  • Are plugs, sockets, and switches in good condition (not broken or with exposed wiring)?
  • Do all workers know how to shut off the power in case of an emergency?

You and/or your employee(s) can download and print a pdf checklist to complete safety checks on your farm.  Keep the completed forms for follow-up, future reference and inspections.



Additional Resources:

Disclaimer: The facts and information listed above are suggestions for your safety, but are in no way a comprehensive and exhaustive list of all actions needed to ensure your safety.


National Electrical Safety Month

May is National Electrical Safety Month, but it is important to keep safety at the forefront at work and home year-round.

Each May, the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) commemorates National Electrical Safety Month (NESM) to raise awareness about critical electrical safety topics and the steps that can be taken to reduce the number of electrically-related fires, fatalities, injuries, and property loss.

The ESFI website contains a variety of resources including fact sheets, safety tips, publications, and a website dedicated especially to kids safety.