Practice electrical safety outdoors and in your garage
Five tips to stay safe this summer
Summer is almost here and that means spending more time outdoors. Whether you’re working on a project in your garage, basking in the sun, or taking a swim in your backyard pool, remember these important tips to stay safe and avoid electrical shock.
Keep water away from electricity
If you have electrical cords in your garage, keep them high and dry. Avoid placing cords near outdoor water sources like sinks or pools or anywhere rain could get on them. For added safety, store cords in plastic containers to prevent them from getting wet or damaged, and always examine cords before using.
Check your wiring
Make sure your garage is wired properly. If you have any doubt, hire an electrician. Don’t forget to inspect your swimming pool, spa, or hot tub to keep you safe from electrical shock.
Weatherproof outdoor outlets
Install weatherproof boxes and covers on all outdoor outlets to prevent water contact. Be sure all outdoor outlets have ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) installed and remember to test these monthly.
Purchase special outdoor equipment
Only use extension cords approved for outdoor use. These cords are usually orange. Don’t connect multiple extension cords or use them as a permanent solution.
Look around you
Be sure to look up and never use a ladder near power lines. Also, keep flammable items in appropriate containers and far away from electrical appliances, heat sources, and windows.
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