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Backyard Electrical Safety Precautions

Memorial Day is right around the corner. For many of us, this will be the beginning of many weekends spent barbecuing, swimming, home maintenance, landscaping and other outdoor projects.

Whether you’re going for a swim or planting flowers, it’s important to remember that you are surrounded by electricity and that outdoor electrical safety shouldn’t be overlooked.

Consider these electrical safety precautions when you’re out in the back yard.

Pools and Electrical Safety 

  • Inspections: Before the warm weather arrives, have an electrician inspect the pool, spa, or hot tub. Follow up with any necessary upgrades or repairs.
  • Battery-operated devices: Having electronics around the pool can be dangerous. Use battery-operated devices around water instead of cord-connected devices.
  • Weather ready: Do not swim or hang out near the water before, during, or after a thunderstorm. Water and lightning are a dangerous combination.

Outlet, Power Tool, and Electrical Cord Safety

  • Outlets: Check that each outlet has its own weatherproof outlet cover and keep it closed when not in use.
  • Electric gardening tools: Avoid using corded power tools in wet or damp locations. Check all tools for cord damage, such as cracks or exposed wires, and make sure they are in good condition and operating properly.
  • Extension cords: Use only extension cords that are rated for outdoor use.


Good electrical safety habits can help you make sure your family, friends, and neighbors are safe and free to enjoy a little outdoor time in your back yard this season.

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