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Summer Safety

Don’t let the busyness of summer distract you from practicing electrical safety. As you likely spend more time outside, take preventative measures to ensure safety for you and your family. Here are a few preventative methods and tools to think about this summer.

Install GCFI’s

When a Ground Circuit Fault Interrupter (GCFI) detects a compromise in the circuit, it will automatically shut off the outlet’s power within as quickly as 1/40 of a second. This way, if any moisture comes into contact with an outlet, the power will be cut before any danger arises. It can also protect against electrical fires, overheated wires, and wire insulation destruction. GCFI's are a simple but effective way to keep your home and family safe.

Use Outdoor Extension Cords

An weather-resistant outdoor extension cord is usually covered in vinyl to protect it from sunshine, water, and abrasion. These qualities make an outdoor-rated extension cord safe to use outside for any yard cleaning supplies or decorative yard lights. You should never use an indoor extension cord outside, as they are not protected from the weather and may result in electrical shocks or fires.

Inspect Extension Cords

Regularly inspecting your extension cords is a good rule of thumb no matter where you’re using them. When you’re using outdoor extension cords, annual inspection is absolutely crucial. Check for cracks, frays, loose or missing plugs blades, and exposed wires. If you find any, carefully dispose of the extension cord. You can test your electrical cords by using a multimeter to test each end of an unplugged extension cord. For specific instructions, click here.

Avoid Any Water Touching Electricity

Water conducts electricity, meaning that water that has come in contact with electricity has the power to shock anyone that comes in contact with it. If an electrical tool is touching water, carefully unplug the electrical plug from the power source. It may be a good idea to use specially designed gloves that prevent electrical shocks. It’s also important to remember that when you’re wet, you could get shocked.

Interested in learning more about saving energy and staying safe? Take a look at this blog post, or give us a call at 616-643-8287 to learn more about conserving energy.

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