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Outdoor GFCI Outlets: How to Use GFCI Outlets Safely

May 12, 2015 | Residential Electricity

As outdoor living spaces become more popular, having outdoor GFCI outlets is essential for creating a safe and functional environment. In this guide, we’ll explore what outdoor outlets are, how to choose the right ones, and important safety considerations.

If you’re tackling yard work this weekend, you’ll be pleased to know that you can now accomplish all tasks using solely electricity. With technological advancements, electric-powered tools and equipment have become increasingly efficient and powerful, offering a cleaner and quieter alternative to traditional gas-powered options. From lawnmowers and trimmers to leaf blowers and chainsaws, switching to electric yard tools offers several advantages.

Firstly, electric tools are environmentally friendly, producing zero emissions during operation, unlike gas-powered counterparts that emit pollutants harmful to both health and the environment. Electric tools are generally quieter, reducing noise pollution and minimizing disruptions to neighbors. Moreover, electric tools are easier to start and maintain, eliminating the need for fuel mixing and oil changes associated with gas-powered equipment.

Furthermore, electric yard tools are often lighter and more maneuverable, making them easier to handle, especially for those with limited strength or mobility. As technology advances, electric yard tools are becoming increasingly affordable and accessible, making it easier for homeowners to transition to a cleaner and more sustainable approach to yard maintenance.

Lawnmowers, pressure washers, and other tools commonly powered by gas can now be purchased in models powered by electricity. If you are using these electrical-powered tools, you must ensure that you have adequate electrical coverage around your home to plug them in. Here are some tips for installing outdoor GFCI outlets in your home’s exterior.

Outdoor GFCI Outlets

Proper Coverage

Most homes come standard with a couple of outdoor GFCI outlets. Sometimes, this is not enough, and you will be restricted because the cable for your lawnmower or pressure washer can’t reach around the side of the home or the back of your yard. When installing outdoor GFCI outlets, measure the length of your cables and the maximum distance you will need to go. You can then create the radius of coverage you will need and pinpoint the correct locations for the outlets. If you do not choose the optimal location, you could install more outlets than you need and will have to unplug during tasks to move outlets. This is inconvenient, so let’s do it efficiently!

Keep Them Safe

With a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI), the outlet can detect a problem in the circuit, such as contact with water or a person, and then the circuit will shut off. This is especially important outside, as outdoor GFCI outlets are more susceptible to water from rain and snow, car washing, and interaction between animals and children. It is also wise to have covers installed over the outdoor GFCI outlets as well. This adds an extra layer of protection. To prevent unwanted interaction, you must manually open the covers before use.

Check Your Existing Wiring

Double-check that your existing wires and circuits can handle the additional outdoor GFCI outlets. The tools and equipment that use these outlets can demand a lot of power, and if the outlet is installed on a circuit that is already heavily loaded, you will be experiencing trips and electrical hazards to your home. An expert electrician will be able to identify the proper circuits for installing these outlets.

Using electricity offers convenience and efficiency. Make the most of it and be safe by having a professional, certified electrician install outdoor GFCI outlets in your home. If you have questions or require an assessment by one of our electricians, contact your local Expert Electric now.

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From the intricate wiring of your cozy indoor retreat to the vibrant energy of your outdoor oasis, Expert Electric is your reliable partner, dedicated to transforming your electrical dreams into reality. Our commitment to quality, safety, and customer satisfaction sets us apart, making us the go-to choice for discerning homeowners and businesses.

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