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- National Electrical Codes require that all outdoor outlets have ground fault circuit interrupters GFCI.
- Protect your outdoor outlets from the elements. Be sure they are covered when not in use.
- Keep dry leaves and other flammables swept away from outdoor lighting, outlets, and power cords.
- When using outdoor extension cords, use only weather-resistant heavier gauge extension cords designated explicitly for outdoor use.
- Before placing a ladder, avoid placing it near overhead power lines or the electric service line.
- Remember that some power lines run underground. Before you dig, call 811 to have utilities marked.
- If an electrical device falls into a pool or water, unplug it before retrieving it.
- Use the appropriate protective equipment for each power tool. Safety goggles, hearing protection, and other safety gear are worth the lifetime of sight and hearing they protect.