During this last week of our national Electrical Safety Month campaign, NFPA and ESFI are reminding people about the importance of outdoor electrical safety. We raise this issue because we know many homeowners love the look and feel that outdoor lighting brings to the exterior of our houses and landscaping, but we must also know that electrical projects come with some hazards, too.
As you embark on an electrical project for the exterior of your home, you’ll want to contact a qualified electrician who can safely provide all of the electrical work for you. Some additional tips to keep in mind:
• Call “Before You Dig” (8-1-1) before any digging on your property. They will mark where your underground utilities are located. It’s a free service!
• Have a professional tree cutting service trim branches that might fall on electric wiring. Report downed wires to authorities right away.
• Use extension cords that are listed by a qualified test laboratory and are marked for outdoor use.
There are many more great ideas you can put into practice today as you embark on an outdoor electrical project. Download NFPA’s tip sheet and keep it handy for reference.