As the temperatures continue to rise, it’s likely that you’ll be spending more time outdoors. Whether you’re gardening, doing yard work, or lounging out by the pool, you need to be careful when using electricity. Electrical tools and appliances should always be used carefully, regardless of the season. However, outdoor use can be dangerous if the proper safety precautions aren’t taken. Here are a few electrical tips to keep you safe this spring:
- Keep cords, wires, and other electrical equipment dry at all times. Pools, garden hoses, sprinklers-they all need to be kept away from electrical appliances and equipment.
- Watch out for power lines. This one may be obvious, but accidents do happen. When your trimming tree limbs, climbing a ladder or installing a satellite dish, make sure that there aren’t any low-hanging wires nearby.
- Inspect all of your power tools and electric lawnmower for damages. Frayed wires, loose connections, or any other areas of wear and tear should be fixed. Not only can they affect the how efficiently your equipment works, but damages are a safety hazard as well. Avoid using damaged electrical equipment until it’s been fixed, and always store them in a dry place.
- Leave digging to the professionals. Depending on how deep you plan to dig, underground cables may be present. A majority of your plumbing is located underground as well. When in doubt – ask a pro!
- Keep electric mowers off of wet grass. It may cool down after a rainstorm, but that doesn’t mean you can mow your lawn with an electric mower. Be sure that your extension cord is able to meet the rating requirements as well.
- Unplug. Always unplug your outdoor tools when you aren’t using them! After use, be sure to store them properly as well.
- Downed power lines – stay as far away as possible. Never touch them, and always call your local utility or emergency services if you see that one is down.
- Avoid planting under power lines or near electrical equipment. As bushes or trees grow, they may disrupt electrical appliances or systems.
- Replace damaged equipment. Any broken equipment can be hazardous, so if its beyond repair, it should be replaced as soon as possible.
How Reliable Electrical Services Can Help
Keeping you safe is our number one goal, so if you have any questions or concerns about electrical safety, give us a call. We perform code compliance checks, safety inspections, and we offer emergency services. For peace of mind this spring, call Reliable.