Outdoor Electrical Safety

  • 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.