Top 15 Safety Tips for Outdoor Electrical Repairs

Outdoor electrical repairs

 

Having access to electric power outdoors is convenient, but it also comes with its own set of safety considerations. Before using electric tools, fixtures and outlets outdoors, perform a cross-check like professional pilots do before takeoff:

 

 

 

Points to Remember for Outdoor Electrical Repairs Safety

• Be sure that any tools and lighting fixtures you plan to use are made for outdoor use. The packaging will state whether the fixture is intended for outdoor use. Outdoor light fixtures and fans are designed to withstand moisture from weather.
• Check that the fixture bears the stamp of approval for safety by the Underwriters Laboratory.
• Make sure that all of your outdoor receptacles are GFCI protected and that the receptacle is working properly.
• Use a portable or inline GFCI adapter on circuits that aren’t GFCI protected.
• Inspect power and extension cords for damage before plugging them in.
• Only use extension cords that are rated for outdoor use.
• Don’t use extension cords for long-term power supply.
• Keep electrical items away from damp areas, including grass and soil.
• Keep electric tools away from children.
• Store electric tools and appliances indoors when not in use.
• Only use wood or fiberglass ladders outdoors. Aluminum ladders conduct electricity.
• Keep yourself and ladders at least 10 feet away from power lines.
• Don’t attempt to trim branches near electric lines. Call a professional tree service.
• Report downed power lines immediately and stay a safe distance away.
• Outdoor electrical work is not a DIY project. Keep it safe and call a pro.

Outdoor Electrical Repairs Services for You

Allstar Electrical Services offers many ways for you to use electricity in your home or office for power, lighting, data, and communications, but above all, we want your electrical service to be safe.

If you suspect your home may have electrical problems or need additional service, call Allstar Electrical. Our Residential Service Division will gladly inspect your wiring and electrical service and give you a thorough, professional assessment of its condition as well as point out any future concerns you should have.

Allstar Electrical brings over 25 years’ experience in working with designers, builders and contractors into play for you. Why risk annoying problems and costly emergencies? Contact the pros at Allstar Electrical Service today to schedule an appointment to review your home’s electrical needs. It’s as simple as calling 303.399.7420 or using our online service request, available anytime, day or night.

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