Electrical safety is an important topic, especially when bringing the element of the outdoors into the picture. Many people don’t realize that there are certain rules that should be followed in order to be safe about electricity use outdoors. Here are some rules for outdoor electrical safety to keep you and your family safe.
Outdoor Electrical Outlets
- Use Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs). This type of outlet will automatically cut the power to your electricity when water comes in contact with your machine, or if there is a “leak” of electricity. Most homes have these types of outlets installed already, but if your home does not, contact a professional electrician to install them.
- Install outdoor covers on all outdoor outlets to protect them from the elements.
- When using extension cords outdoors, be sure to use ones that are specifically made for outdoor use. These types of extension cords will be labeled as such. Never use indoor extension cords outside.
- Store extension cords in a dry, safe place away from the elements or animals that could damage them.
- Extension cords are to be used as a temporary solution to power your items. Never use an extension cord as a long term or permanent basis.
- Make sure to use the appropriate amperage rating of your extension cord for your electrical product.
- Never attempt to make the connection of an extension cord longer by connecting another extension cord.
- Extension cords should have the mark of a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory such as Intertek, CSA Group, or Underwriters Laboratories, Inc.
- Did you know that working too close to a powerline can cause electricity to jump to nearby objects? Be sure to keep at least 10 feet away from nearby powerlines while working with tools outdoors.
- What if you want to plant a tree, but the place in which you would like to plant your tree is close to a powerline? It is best to consult a professional to see if the place you would like to plant is optimal. Be sure the tree is far enough from the powerlines so that as it grows, it will not grow into the powerlines.
- If you have a tree that is growing too close to a powerline, report it to your local utility company.
Electricity is nothing to play around with. For the safety of you and your family, it is important to consult professionals with questions or concerns.
At Miller’s Services, we strive to keep our customers safe while adhering to local electrical codes. If you have questions about your home’s electrical needs, give us a call at 804-758-4314.