In the U.S., “Virtue, Liberty, and Independence” is frequently our motto, and most of us really like celebrating that during the summer time. Maybe we set ourselves up for a little disappointment with all the DIY projects we dream up all winter long, but regardless of how relaxed or inspired we feel, we should be sure to check our outdoor spaces for hazards that could put us and our families at risk.
In order to make sure your outdoor space is safe, you should start by checking all electrical outlets. Electrocution is a serious concern if each outlet is not protected by GFCIs (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters) that are highly sensitive to moisture.
You should also check to make sure all outdoor outlets have retained their weatherproof covers and keep them closed when outlets are not in use. All outlet covers should meet NFPA National Electric Codes. If you need new covers installed or want to be sure your covers meet the current standards, feel free to call D’Amico Electric and ask!
Another potential hazard may be hiding in extension cords. Be sure you’re using only outdoor extension cords designed to hold up under the elements. Both outdoors and indoors, you should be careful to match up 3-prong cords with 3-slot outlets. (That third prong helps reduce the risk of electrocution or fire in the case of an internal electrical malfunction of the tool or equipment for which you’re using the cord.)
You’ll also want to remember that an extension cord is intended to be used for temporary needs such as power tools or event lighting — not as a substitute for a permanent solution. If a permanent power supply is needed, the electricians at D’Amico would be glad to install mounted outlets for you.
After a long, hard winter, you’re probably more than ready to set up your swimming pool. Before you get everything up and running, though, you’ll want to make sure any electrical equipment has remained dry and free from damage. If equipment gets wet, be sure to unplug it immediately.
Wet electric tools pose risks of electrocution, so if you’re using power tools near ponds, pools, or other potential water hazards, use battery-powered tools. Never use an electrical tool while you are standing in water! If a tool becomes wet, be sure to unplug it and let it dry out before using it again. If a tool becomes immersed in water, have a qualified electrician check it before you try to use it again.
You can always call D’Amico Electric to find out if your outdoor electrical needs can be added to your long list of DIY projects or if you should hire a licensed electrician. If we do say it’s okay for you to do it yourself, be sure to put it at the top of the list, so you can stay safe as you progress through the rest of your list — or just scrap it and enjoy the lazy days of summer.
D’Amico Electric Company
Since 1994, the D’Amico Electric Company has been offering electrical contracting services for industrial, commercial and residential buildings. From backup generator installation & ongoing maintenance to landscape/accent wiring and home theater systems, our experienced technicians are here to serve you. With our fleet of 10 trucks, we provide emergency electrical services 24 hours a day. Visit our website at damicoelectriccompany.com.
D’Amico Electric is licensed in Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess counties, New York and all of Connecticut. Our founder is Anthony D’Amico, a licensed electrician since 1992, who is a member of the Westchester Licensed Electrical Contractors Association.
When you need electrical help, choose D’Amico. We bring safe & innovative electrical solutions to homes & businesses. For more information on how we can serve you, call D’Amico Electric today at (914) 241-6909.
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