The weather is nice and people are doing more outdoors. With that, we see electrical cords outdoors. Here are a few outdoor electrical safety tips:
- Check the condition of the cord before use. Make sure the grounding prong is in good condition and there are no tears in the insulation.
- Don’t run the cord through water unless it is designed for that purpose and has in internal Ground Fault Interrupter (GFI or GFCI).
- Outlets outdoors should be protected from the weather and on GFI circuits.
- Turn off equipment when it is not in use. Check that electrical tools are switched off before plugging them in.
- Unplug cords when not in use. Extension cords are only for short term use.
- Don’t stand in water (such as puddles) when using electrical equipment.