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Outdoor Electrical Safety

Lighting to improve the look and safety of our homes, electric tools to make our outdoor work easier, and power lines to our home, all need to be handled with care.

Outside electrical work

Have a qualified electrician do all electrical work. To prevent an electrical shock, make sure all outside electrical receptacles are GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) protected.

Equipment safety

Use lighting and power tools that have the CSA (Canadian Standards Association) label, and make sure they are made for outdoor use. Store electrical tools indoors. Keep electric tools away from children. Keep the area around your electric meter and other electrical equipment clear. Check lighting and extension cords for damage before using. Replace any damaged cords right away. Extension cords are not meant for long-term use.

Power lines

Have a professional tree cutting service trim branches that might fall on electric wiring. Use a wooden or fiberglass ladder outside. Keep the ladder at least 10 feet away from power lines. Never touch anyone or anything in contact with a downed wire. Power lines may be live, stay a safe distance away. Report downed wires to authorities right away.

For more information see the NFPA Website.