ARRL

Safety

Introduction

Safety begins with a proper attitude. Make it a habit to plan your work carefully and always consider the safety aspects or your Ham Radio activities.  It is also important to learn as much as possible about what could go wrong so we can avoid factors that might result in accidents.  Amateur Radio activities are not inherently hazardous, but like many things in modern life, it pays to be informed.  Stated another way, while we long to be creative and innovative, there is the need to act responsibly.  A good attitude toward safety also requires us to be knowledgeable about common safety guidelines and follow them faithfully.

While these Web pages may offer some important safety guidelines, you should not consider them to be an all inclusive discussion on this topic.  Guidelines can’t possibly cover all situations you might encounter, but if you approach a task with a measure of “common sense,” you should be able to work safely.  Several ARRL publications also provide additional information of safety guidelines and practices.  Learning about safety should always be an ongoing process.  Always remember:  There is no substitute for common sense.

  • Grounding

    Station grounding is probably the most discussed subject in amateur radio, after antennas. Learn More

  • Lightning Protection

    An important aspect of designing a safe amateur radio station. Learn More

  • Electrical Safety

    Protect yourself when putting up antennas near power lines. Learn More

  • RF Exposure

    Despite the concern over exposure, Ham Radio is a safe activity. Learn More