01) Handling the Arduino


Improper handling and placement of the board can lead to damaging the board and may start an electrical fire or smoke as well.
The board should remain in its electrostatic bag as it was found until use. When needed, pull out the board carefully from the sides (Do not touch the top or bottom of the board). Fingers touching this board leave a trail of grease which may hinder the quality of the board. Then place it down on a clean, flat, level surface on top of the electrostatic bag. Do not run the USB cable open where people walking by can trip on it, as well as your self tripping on it. Flat clean level surfaces are NOT:

    1. Chairs

    2. Floors

    3. Sofas

    4. Backpacks, etc...

NOTE: Make sure you leave it on top of the electrostatic bag and make sure the board is still on top of the bag before applying power to the board

During the process of wiring, bare metal from wire can be spread among the table which may find itself underneath the board, connecting two unwanted connectors. This can lead to unwanted results as well as smoke or even an electrical fire!

Please leave the board unplugged when not in use. Turn off the board while walking away, even for a couple of seconds. Only power/plug in the board when intending to test with it; when your done, unplug it. This procedure reduces unnecessary mishaps which I will also continue in the next rule.

Do not plug in sensors or other equipment while in use. This leaves a time for checking to make sure all the wires are in the right ports. Please, please, please... Check to make sure your wires are right, it is the NUMBER ONE cause for damage! And usually it is something as simple as mixing up the + and – wires! As well as to check for unwanted connections between two wires.

In the case of an electrical fire / smoke:

  1. Unplug power or USB cord immediately!

  2. Do NOT try to blow on it to put it out

  3. Do NOT try to douce it with water

  4. Instruct your teacher (Karl Wendt) or other supervisor immediately

  5. If those are not available:

    1. If SMALL fire:

      1. Throw a sodium bicarbonate such as baking soda on the fire to smother it. If a fire extinguisher is not available and the fire is small, dousing it with enough baking soda can put it out.

    2. If LARGE fire:

      1. Pull the fire alarm (at this point, it is better to leave the premises, else:)

      2. Use a class-C or multi-purpose ABC fire extinguisher to put out the flames. You can not use any other kind of fire extinguisher on an electrical fire. The extinguisher should be clearly marked, but if it's not and you're not sure what kind it is, don't use it.

      3. Get out of the complex and wait for help to arrive. If you have no means to fight the fire yourself or if it's large or spreading quickly, it's best to leave the premises before the fire prevents you from leaving.

        (reference: steps 3-5 of: http://www.ehow.com/how_2050461_put-out-electrical-fire.html)


  1. Hold the board by it's side

  2. Do not touch the top or bottom of the board

  3. Place the board on the static bag on top of a flat, clean, level surface

  4. The USB wire tripping hazard

  5. Check the electrostatic bag before plugging in the USB or power

  6. Leave unplugged when not in use and when leaving the sight of the board

  7. Leave unplugged when wiring