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Electrical Safety Tips – Using Your Outdoor Outlets

Florida Outdoor OutletsWhile the rest of the country battles frigid winter weather, Floridians pretty much get to carry on, business as usual. That can still mean getting to enjoy the great outdoors, including hosting parties, or just hanging out solo.

Of course, spending time outdoors often requires the use of electrical devices. Being aware of the risk involved, as well as learning how to avoid injury, is a wise decision to make, so you can err on the side of caution.

Some Outdoor Electrical Outlet Safety Basics

Protect your loved ones, as well as yourself, with these helpful tips:

It should go without saying, yet still happens all the time, don’t use indoor extension cords outside. They are not designed to withstand many of the demands of outdoor lighting, lawn tools, etc. Not to mention, they lack any type of protection from the elements.

Even when using plugs and cords designed for the outdoors, it is important to avoid wet areas. Aside from obvious bodies of water like pools or ponds, this includes puddles or even areas where water tends to collect.

Only use proper weather resistant (WR) outlets. Like the GFCI outlets in your kitchen and bathroom, WR GFCI safeguard against rain, snow, ice and even humidity. These outlets are designed and installed with outdoor use in mind, and are superior in performance and safety, compared to indoor outlets for exterior use.

In an attempt to achieve the perfect holiday lighting, almost every homeowner has made the grave error of overloading their outlets and/or extension cords. This comes with a high risk of potential incident, such as shock or fire, and is not worth the gamble.

Obviously, in the event of poor weather conditions, it is better to just discontinue use. Stop using anything electrical if it begins to rain, but also unplug exterior devices before a storm, when possible.

Remember to watch for cords and outlets when performing lawn maintenance tasks, such as weed eating or mowing your lawn.

Get Professional Service

If you need outlets repaired or installed, or could use more advice on electrical safety, contact Gillis Electric. Since 1985, we have been the dedicated team of electrician service pros, available to take care of our local clients, 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. Above all else, safety and satisfaction are what matter the most to us.

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