As we transition into Fall and Winter, there will be plenty of new outdoor activities for everyone to enjoy. It is important to remember that, there will also be new challenges associated with outdoor electrical safety. The piling of up leaves and falling of snow can create unpredictable electrical hazards around the home. Keeping safe while outdoors doesn’t have to be complicated. Practice proper electrical safety by following these 4 Expert Electric outdoor electrical safety tips:
Audit your outdoor electrical equipment
It’s always a good idea to semi-annually audit your home’s outdoor electrical equipment, especially in between Winter and Spring and then again in Summer and Fall. This ensures that your home is fully prepared to take on any electrical hazards that could occur during severe weather and temperature fluctuations. A licensed electrician can can easily complete this audit for you; however, it’s also possible to undertake this task on your own if preferable. During this audit, ensure that all outdoor electrical equipment is not only functioning properly also stored properly.
Repair any loose, damaged electrical wiring or cords
Loose or damaged electrical wiring can pose a serious electrical threat to your home, especially if it comes into contact with snow or leaves. A thorough inspection of all wiring and electrical cords should be completed and followed up with a replacement if necessary.
Keep cords away from water sources
Melting snow can often result in large amounts of water pooling on the ground. If this water comes into contact with electrical equipment and wiring, the equipment and entire home can be at risk. It’s best to plan ahead and ensure that all electrical equipment, wiring and cords are placed and stored so that they won’t come into contact with water sources.
Have a licensed electrician inspect all hot tubs and pools
When in doubt, it’s best to contact your local licensed electrician to ensure that your home or building is safe from outdoor electrical dangers. The team at Expert Electric can inspect all of your outdoor electrical equipment and appliances such as hot tubs and pools, ensuring that all of the necessary outdoor electrical safety requirements are met.
Have any questions about outdoor electrical safety or and of our electrical services? Please fill out one of the forms on our website. We are happy to answer any questions you may have. The Expert Electric team of licensed electricians is here to ensure all of your outdoor projects are handled safely. Call us today at 604-681-8338.