Outdoor Outlet Safety
Here are some steps to ensure outdoor outlet safety in your home.
Use Weather Proof Outlets
The National Electric Code requires the use of a GFCI outlet. The primary function of GFCI outlets is to detect ground faults, but they also prevent shock and electrocution. GFCI outlets monitor the amount of electricity flowing in and out of an appliance. This specific outlet will automatically cut the power when an appliance that is plugged in encounters water or begins to “leak” electricity. Having GFCI outlets is a crucial part of preventing electrocution when you and your family are out relaxing by the pool on a hot summer day or having cookouts on weekends.
Extension Cord Safety
Often, people use extension cords for a long period of time when, they are only meant to provide a temporary solution. When extension cords are used constantly, they can rapidly deteriorate. This can lead to a multitude of fire hazards. It’s also important to know that you should never use an indoor extension cord for outdoor use. Outdoor extension cords are made with a special durable insulation to protect against sunlight, moisture and temperature changes. You can see the difference between the indoor and outdoor extension cord by the type of plug. Indoor extension cords have a two-prong plug and most outdoor extension cords have a three-prong plug.
Power Line Safety
With summer storms in full swing, it can leave your home without power for days. Generators can power your entire home, but they should be used with caution. Did you know that between 1999 and 2012, 79% of the 931 carbon monoxide fatalities were associated with generators? Generators produce toxic engine exhaust, can cause electric shock, electrocution or fire. To avoid electrocution, make sure that the generator is dry, and it should not be used in rain. Place it under a tarp or a canopy to make sure it stays dry. To avoid fires it’s important to turn the generator off and let it cool before refueling.
At Kelly Electric, we are a highly experienced electrical company that can provide you with electrical repair and installation services. We are here to help with all your outdoor electrical needs this summer! Give us a call at (484) 454-5494 to schedule your appointment today.
About The Author:
Gareth Kelly, co-owner of Dream Team, has been serving Delaware Valley homeowners for over 20 years with expert electrician services. He came from Ireland to the United States in 2000 and started his own business in 2001, Kelly Electric Co Inc. His expertise in the field grew and strengthened his connection and local commitment to the community. In 2018, Gareth partnered with one of his best friends to create Dream Team Home Services, Inc. Dream Team is about being the ultimate home services team for any homeowner with a reputation for trusted service.