Summer is the best time of year to get outside and truly enjoy the outdoors. For those who enjoy entertaining in their backyard, this could mean getting the grill out, stringing lights for those late nights, and making sure you can power your speakers and other electrical devices. When it comes to enjoying electronic devices, games, and appliances outdoors, it is important to keep these electrical tips in mind.
Keep an Eye on Water
Water and electricity don’t mix. It is important to always be mindful of how close electrical devices are to potential water hazards. This includes your sprinkler system, pools, and children’s water toys. This can even include water balloons and squirt guns.
It is important that the whole family, especially the young ones, understands the importance of steering clear of electronic devices when having water fun. Bring any electronic appliances or devices inside when not in use. Sudden rainfall or damp areas can compromise your electronics.
Make Sure You Have GFCI Outlets
GFCI stands for ground fault circuit interrupter. This monitors the amount of current moving through the system, cutting electricity when necessary. This is a required safety device for all outdoor outlets. You should test these outlets before hosting any outdoor events, or at least once every 30 days to ensure they are operating appropriately.
Using Extension Cords
It is crucial to purchase extension cords that are clearly labeled as safe for outdoor use. These extension cords tend to be more expensive, but this is due to their thicker outer layer that is designed for long-term wear and tear and provides better water resistance.
Let the Pros Help
At Winters Electric, we want our clients to be able to enjoy their summer backyard fun responsibly. We can help you install the outlets you need, as well as provide tips and tools to ensure you can have the safe electrical power you require. Contact us to learn more today.