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Safety Tips for Using Your Outdoor Electric

Hi all, it’s your old pal service pup at it again with more electrical safety tips and tricks. Summer is here once again, and I can already smell the burgers on the grill! It’s just about time for barbecues, pool parties, and other forms of outdoor entertaining in Philadelphia and Bucks County.  

Everyone loves the outdoor activities that can be done in the summer, but with the fun they bring also comes serious safety considerations that homeowners need to be aware of. As you and your neighbors begin turning on your outdoor landscape lighting more frequently and bringing extension cords outside to power fans and other appliances, it’s important to keep electrical safety in mind. Summer weather conditions in the Philadelphia area can be unpredictable, but as scary as thunderstorms are, practicing the right steps when using outdoor lighting can prevent shorts, fires, and other electrical emergencies from putting a damper on your summer fun and causing damage to your home. 

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Test Your GFCI Outlets Once a Month 

GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) outlets prevent us from experiencing electric shocks while we’re using appliances in and around our homes. Any outdoor GFCI outlets should be tested at least every thirty days during the summer as well as before any outdoor party you may be having. Outlets that are faulty or exposed to water will shut off your outdoor lighting automatically for your protection, which can be a serious annoyance if it happens during a barbecue or other party at your home. But by conducting regular tests to ensure that your GFCI outlets are operating correctly, you can avoid unexpected shutdowns and the headaches that come with them.  

Store Electrical Equipment Indoors 

This can seem like a no-brainer, but after a long outdoor barbecue or graduation party, it can be easy to forget to bring your outdoor fan or electric grill back inside at the end of the day. Leaving appliances outside during a surprise rainstorm or even a drizzle can ruin them and lead to an electrical emergency if the appliance is left plugged in. At the end of the night, while I’m dreaming about a nice juicy steak, it’s recommended that you do a sweep of the area to make sure there are no electrical devices left out.   

Use Outdoor Extension Cords 

“An extension cord is an extension cord, right?” Wrong. There are some extension cords that are designed specifically for outdoor use. When you’re buying an extension cord to power an outdoor appliance, make sure the one you get is labeled for outdoor use. These cords are thicker, weather resistant, and designed to withstand the wear and tear that comes with being used outside. Getting the wrong type of extension cord could spell trouble for you and your guests if you plan on using them to power the grill or landscape lighting at your next summer shindig.  

Contact your friendly neighborhood service pup today to learn more about outdoor lighting and electrical service tips in Philadelphia & Bucks County.

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