Hey pals, it’s Service Pup! Summertime is here with a vengeance, bringing with it sunshine, pollen, and kids playing happily in the street. For your electrical system, the summertime means more risks, which means more reasons for getting routine maintenance and troubleshooting at-risk areas around your property.
Today, Service Pups is here to give you a few tips for concerning your outdoor extension cords to help keep you and your family safe this summer.
- Try to minimize the amount of extension cord you have outside. For some folks, especially those with a lot of outdoor lighting, this can be tricky to say the least. If you must connect multiple extension cords, it’s wise to invest in an extension cord cover to protect the spot where the two cords meet.
- When you’re feeding your extension cords outdoors and they are remaining there overnight, no matter if it’s for a sprinkler system, a water fountain, or permanent outdoor lighting, be sure to use only the thickest wires possible. Even then, some people also reinforce their cords with electrical tape. The reason? Thin wires are more vulnerable to the elements, not to mention to animals who would love a chance to chew on the cords.
- Make sure to regularly check your outdoor extension cords for any damage. It is easy for such cords to be nicked by a lawn mower or other gardening tool, and even simple items such as roller skates and bikes can compromise the strength of the cord’s outer insulator, which is the only thing that keeps the wire from becoming a real hazard. If you have wires that hook up to outdoor lighting and survived the winter, look at them for any damage and make sure they’re still in good condition. If you see any minor fraying, reach for the electrical tape. If it looks beyond repair, you’re probably better off seeking new wiring.
Remember, if you’re having any issues with your home’s electrical systems this summer, don’t hesitate to contact Service Pups today by giving us a call at 267-550-7388.