As the weather gets warmer in Charleston, it is important that everyone knows possible electrical safety hazards to avoid while enjoying the outdoors. Our Charleston residential electricians have compiled a list of outdoor electrical safety tips that you and your family should be aware of.
Keep these in mind and you will enjoy a much safer spring and summer!
Outdoor Electrical Safety Tips: Outdoor Hazards
- Every outlet that you have installed outside need to be Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) rated. A GFCI rated outlet will automatically cut power when a plugged-in item comes in contact with water and protect you from electrical shock and electrocution. You should also have weatherproof boxes and covers on all outdoor outlets.
- Always check that the extension cord has the mark of a nationally recognized testing laboratory and is rated for outdoor use. Never connect multiple extension cords to add length and always check the amperage rating before using. Remember, extension cords should never be used for a long-term or permanent solution. If you need the additional power outside, hire a licensed residential electrician to install an electrical outlet.
- If you have a swimming pool, spa, or hot tub we recommend having a licensed electrician come out to inspect that complies with electrical safety codes such as the National Electrical Code.
- Thunderstorms and lightning strikes are common during the spring and summer. It is important to unplug any appliances and electrical items like computers and televisions to prevent damage from surges that can result from a lightning strike. Hiring a licensed electrician to install a whole house surge protector can protect your electrical system and home from a potential lightning strike damage.
- Always stay at least 10 feet away from power lines. Never play near or touch a power line with any part of your body, a toy, a kite, or any other object. Assume at all times that any power lines you see are live and dangerous. Also, power lines can be underground so always call 811 before you dig.
- There is a high risk for carbon monoxide poisoning associated with portable generators. Always follow proper safer procedures when using a portable generator to power your home. A safer option is to have a home standby automatic generator installed by a licensed electrician. Click HERE to learn more about the Generac Generators we install and service.
You can trust that our licensed Charleston Electricians are prepared to help you with all your outdoor electrical safety needs.