Outdoor Electrical Safety Tips


Keep electrical systems dry

Remember that water and electricity never should mix. Make sure that your outlets and cords have protection from rain, rising water, or splashing from a downspout or swimming pool.

GFCI outlets, which are commonly found near wet conditions and areas in the home, are designed and installed to prevent electric shock in wet areas. These outlets can wear out over time, and hiring an experienced electrician to periodically inspect these vulnerable electric components is always a good idea.

Use extension cords correctly

Outdoor-use extension cords can provide a ready source of power for occasional outdoor needs. Do not use extension cords on a permanent basis: they are not designed to withstand the elements outside other than temporarily. If you need a more permanent source of power, hire us to safely install an electrical outlet where you need it.

Call 811 before you dig

One of the last things you want to do is sever any under-the-ground electrical (or plumbing) lines when you are digging on your property. Whether you are planning to do it yourself or hire a professional, call 811 at least a few days before you start any digging.

Have your wiring inspected regularly

If you can’t remember the last time you had your electrical system tested, it is time for a fresh inspection. You may not need to do it every year, but a visit from a BriteBox electrician will help you confirm that your Atlanta area home’s system is in good shape. If we find a problem, we will identify it for you and clearly explain the next steps to ensure your safety.

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