We know there are electrical hazards all over our homes, but what about outside? Outdoor electrical safety is extremely important for you and your children to observe at all times, especially when doing yardwork or working with lighting.
From lighting to power tools, you’ll need extension cords to reach the outlets. We recommend getting more outlets installed so you can avoid dragging electrical cords through the yard whenever possible. Even with additional outlets, extension cords are sometimes inevitable outside.
Watch out for standing water and sprinklers – and be mindful of lawn mowers so they don’t run over them. You’ll also want to be sure that you are using outdoor extension cords. They are typically stronger, more resistant and come with a variety of different features such as built-in GFCI protection.
Something else to look for in both your power tools and extension cords is making sure the ground prong is still attached to the plug. They aren’t meant to be broken off because they serve as a stability and safety feature even though power does not run directly through them.
According to Home Depot “The third prong in the extension cord provides a path to the ground wire in a household electrical circuit. This ground wire greatly reduces the risk of electrical shock and fires. The three-prong cord itself should only be used with properly grounded three-slot outlets.”
While outdoor outlets are extremely convenient, they take extra maintenance compared to your indoor outlets. We all know electricity and water don’t mix, so make sure that all of your outlets have functional weatherproof covers and are GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) outlets. GFCI outlets are designed to cut off power whenever a short circuit becomes a possibility.
They do this by constantly monitoring the current going in and out of the outlet, and they’ll cut the circuit off at the slightest sign of a difference in the power level entering and exiting the plug.
Power lines can be extremely dangerous. If you have any trees that have power lines running through them, make sure never to climb them. You should also be aware of your children flying kites, drones, or even playing catch around power lines. They can do a lot of damage to the toys and cause harm to people standing nearby.
If a power line ever falls in your yard, there are several safety precautions that need to be taken. Do not go near or touch the downed power lines, and do your best to keep people away from the area in case the ground is electrically charged. Call your utility company and a licensed electrician.
Call a Professional
If you ever attempt to put up your own decor or lighting, be especially aware of these hazards. We are always here to help with your landscape and Christmas lighting needs. Our team here at The Perfect Light works quickly and safely as we put up your lighting and make sure you know how everything works.
With several locations around Texas, we’re never more than a phone call away! Give us a call at 972-304-3330 to speak with one of our licensed electricians today!