Most homes have at least one exterior electrical outlet designed to meet a family’s outdoor power needs. While an extension cord can be used to carry this power to where you need it, hiring an electrical contractor to upgrade your current exterior outlet or install additional outlets outdoors allows for increased ease of use of lawn care and entertainment equipment. Wondering what to consider when installing additional electrical outlets? Bemrich Electric and Telephone of Fort Dodge, IA, offers three safety tips for exterior outlets.
3 Safety Tips for Exterior Outlets From Professional Electrical Contractors
Use Safe Practices
The same rules that apply to indoor electrical safety apply outdoors. Never upgrade or install an electrical outlet on your own. You run the risk overloading a single power supply. Avoid plugging too many items into an outlet and overloading the system. Take note of current and upcoming weather and avoid using outdoor electrical equipment during inclement weather or high winds. Keep devices away from standing water at all times. And cover all outlets with a protective covering to prevent moisture from getting inside and posing fire risks.
Homeowners in older homes are advised to call an electrician to inspect their current exterior outlets and discuss whether an upgrade is necessary. How can you tell if your outlet needs an update? Check to ensure it has ground fault circuit interrupter technology and watertight covers. If your outlet is missing either of these, an upgrade is likely needed to keep your home safe from electrical short circuits and fires. While you’re having an electrician upgrade your current outlets, determine whether you could benefit from additional outlets and use this visit to increase the number of exterior outlets your home has.
Use Extension Cords With Care
Regardless of whether you have a single exterior outlet or multiple, you’ll likely find yourself using an extension cord to reach far areas of the property on occasion. When doing so, take the suggested safety precautions. Avoid running cords near doors or walkways to prevent injury and always use an extension cord specifically designed for outdoor use.
Looking to add exterior outlets to your home? Call (515) 955-3257 or visit the Bemrich Electric and Telephone website to learn more about their electrical contractors and wireless network options.