How to Avoid a Hair-Raising Outdoor Electrical Experience

How to Avoid a Hair-Raising Outdoor Electrical Experience

Outdoor electrical outlets are quite convenient! They provide the power needed to light your yard, operate power tools, plug in holiday lights, and power up speakers and other entertainment devices. It is extremely important to protect these outlets, however, because failure to do so can create a dangerous situation for your family and your home!

Protecting Your Outdoor Outlets

Though most outdoor receptacles include weatherproof covers to keep moisture and dirt from compromising outlets, once you plug in a device – a dangerous situation could present itself, if proper precautions aren’t taken. Luckily, you can ensure safety with the help of a few simple tips, as follows:

  • Select the right kind of outdoor outlet: National Electrical Code requires the use of ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlets for safety. You can identify these outlets by their ‘TEST’ and ‘RESET’ buttons – and by the ‘WR’ on the outlet, indicating that it is ‘weather resistant.’ Only this type of outlet is safe for outdoor use.
  • Ensure proper installation: To protect against shock, and to safeguard the lifespan of valuable tools and electronic equipment, ensure adequate ground. A 3-bulb receptacle tester can help you determine this – IF you know what you’re doing. If you’re not sure what you’re doing – NEVER toy with electrical yourself – enlist the help of a qualified electrician, such as Fab Electric and Generators.
  • Ensure proper installation: To protect against shock, and to safeguard the lifespan of valuable tools and electronic equipment, ensure adequate ground. A 3-bulb receptacle tester can help you determine this – IF you know what you’re doing. If you’re not sure what you’re doing – NEVER toy with electrical yourself – enlist the help of a qualified electrician, such as Fab Electric and Generators.
  • Add a weatherproof cover: The addition of a properly connected weatherproof cover can allow you use of the plug while safeguarding it against moisture – even allowing for use in the rain. Sometimes referred to as ‘flip up’ or ‘bubble covers,’ these outlet additions are now mandatory as per the National Electrical code.
  • Don’t assume safety: Were there outlets already installed on the outside of your hold, prior to the purchase of it? Don’t assume they are the right kind. Call us to check them for type and proper installation.

Remember: before using outdoor outlets, be sure to protect your home and your family by ensuring the safe and proper operation of outdoor outlets. Call us for an inspection, or for other electrical services and generators at (301) 622-6979 or visit http://www.fabelectric.com/.

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