With the welcome of Fall on our heels, most of us are thinking about closing up our outdoor space and preparing for cold weather.
While you enjoy the season change, don’t let a dangerous electrical hazard put you at risk.
Here are some tips Southern Electric recommends as you button up your outdoors areas.
Extension and Power Cords
Make sure you don’t leave them out in the elements and/or connected to electrical sourced of any kind. This is also a good time to check all power cords and extension cords for cracks or nicks before using them. Replace them with a new one if they show obvious signs of wear, taped-over cuts, broken plugs, etc.
Plug or Not to Plug
Be sure that all outdoor outlets are GFCI-protected. Many building codes require installing GFCIs for outside circuits when existing homes are being renovated. Newer homes may already have GFCI plugs outdoors. Do a check of all outdoor plugs to make sure they are protected. Another thing to be aware of is if you have any appliances outdoors like an extra refrigerator or a freezer. Check to be sure it is rated for outdoor use and is weather resistant to some degree.
It may seem obvious, but nevertheless it needs to be said: do not barbecue on an electric grill when it s raining, or even just drizzling. Be sure to unplug the grill before cleaning it, and, as with all outdoor appliances, make sure the receptacle it s plugged into is equipped with a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) to prevent shock or electrocution. For gas grills be sure to turn off the propane valve as well.
Spa & Pool Safety
Because these are wet areas inside and around, pools, hot tubs, and spas can be dangerous areas if they are not properly grounded and secured. Make sure all outlets nearby are GFCI equipped. If anything electrical like a radios, mini fridge, etc. falls into the water, shut off the circuit first before unplugging it. Don t reach into the water to get it.
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