We use electricity every day, so most of us think we know everything there is to know about being safe with electricity. However, outdoor electrical safety is something that we often don’t know enough about. Here are some tips on how to stay safe when working with electricity outside.
One of the easiest ways to prevent shock hazards is to treat electrical tools and other appliances correctly. Store tools, wiring and other electrical equipment indoors to keep it safe from rain, pool water and more. Don’t use tools if you notice exposed wiring or other signs of electrical damage. Follow guidelines for operating each tool safely and never leave something plugged in if you’re no longer using it.
Invest in Outlet Protection
The source of your outdoor electricity is an outlet, so why not protect it as much as you can? GCFI outlets are required in areas where water might be an issue, like outside, in the kitchen and the garage. This is because they automatically disconnect power if the outlet comes into contact with water. Use outdoor GCFI outlets outdoors and invest in box covers to prevent water and debris from damaging the outlet.
Use Proper Wiring
Landscape lighting and other outdoor electrical systems are a must-have for many homeowners, but it’s easy to end up with unsafe wiring with such projects. When beginning an electrical project, take the time to find and use the proper wiring, especially near pools and other water features. Additionally, make sure to bury wires properly to prevent hazards in your yard.
Lastly, it’s important to use safe practices when working outside, even when you don’t think you need them. Consider the following practices:
- Invest in proper protective equipment, like gloves, glasses and clothing.
- Follow safety recommendations and use safety devices on outdoor equipment. It’s there for a reason!
- Only use extension cords that are marked for outdoor use.
- Don’t use cords, lights or tools that are visibly damaged.
- Keep children, unqualified adults and conductive materials away from electrical equipment and projects.
If you’re unsure about safe electrical practices, hire a professional electrician for your outdoor projects to ensure safety during and after project completion. For Frisco landscape lighting or other outdoor electrical services, contact Benchmark Electrical Services today.