With Labor Day approaching, millions of Americans will host an outdoor barbeque with family and friends. While outdoor entertaining with friends and family is enjoyable, you also need to ensure the safety of guests’. Mister Sparky’s electricians in Huntsville, AL can provide the professional installation of outdoor outlets, and other electrical services. The following outdoor electrical safety tips will assist in ensuring electrical hazards will not to spoil your Labor Day activities:
Water and electricity are a dangerous combination, and while it may seem straight forward, there may be unrecognized hazards present. Ensure activities involving water are not set up near electrical outlets or wires. Examples of common water activities include sprinklers and water slides for the kids, pools, and misting systems. In addition, ensure outdoor outlets have protection from the weather with outlet covers, and a ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI). This will provide additional protection for guests from electrical shock.
Furthermore, GFCIs are essential for the underwater lighting of the pool, hot tubs, other water using appliances, and for outlets within 20 feet of a water source. Mister Sparky’s electricians in Huntsville, AL can provide the electrical services you require.
Inspect existing outdoor lighting, replace burned out or broken bulbs, and inspect power cords for fraying, splicing, loose plugs or other damage, and replace them if needed. In addition, inspect path lighting to ensure guests’ safety after darkness falls. If you intend to bring out extra lighting, inspect the cords and bulbs, and ensure they are located where little hands will not pull them down on them, and guests will not trip over the cords. Only use lighting manufactured for outdoor use.
Remember, extension cords are for temporary needs only. When the number of existing outdoor outlets is insufficient, contact our electricians in Huntsville, AL to schedule installation. When the use of extension cords is necessary, locate them where guests will not trip over them. Replace damaged extension cords and avoid overloading them. Match the needs of the product connected to them to the extension cord. Check the cords label for information, and ensure cords are approved for outdoor use. Cords rated for the outdoors are typically either 12 AWG (heavy), or 14 AWG (medium).
When preparing an outdoor area for guests, do not use power tools standing in water or use on wet ground. In addition, never remove the third prong from electrical products, indoors or out.
Power Line Safety
If a power line hangs low over the swimming pool, consider having a licensed electrician to move it. Not only is it a hazard when using a long handled skimmer, but it also creates a risk to swimmers. Mister Sparky’s electricians in Huntsville, AL can relocate the power line to a safe location.
When a ladder is necessary for stringing lights or lanterns for a Labor Day celebration, be careful around overhead power lines. When moving the ladder to different locations, carry the ladder horizontally, rather than upright to avoid contacting a power line with potentially fatal consequences.
Arc-fault Circuit Interrupters (AFCIs)
Arcing and sparking of home wiring is responsible for over 40,000 home fires each year, claiming 350 lives and injuring 1,400. An arc-fault circuit interrupter (AFCI) provides an extra layer of protection against home fires.
Household fuses and circuit breakers will not always respond quick enough to arcing conditions to prevent a fire. An arc-fault circuit interrupter is designed to act faster, and prevent fires.
Mister Sparky offers a broad range of electrical services, including electrical repair, electrical installation, and others. In addition, our professional electricians offer emergency services available 24 hours a day, and 7 days a week for your convenience. Night or day, we will be there when you need an electrician.
Mister Sparky’s electrical services provided by our licensed electricians in Huntsville, AL, include outdoor electrical installations and repair. Only hire a licensed electrician to ensure your outdoor electrical safety requirements are met. Contact us to schedule an installation or repair from our experienced, licensed electricians. Mister Sparky serves Huntsville, Guntersville, Decatur, Madison, Athens, Gurley, Scottsboro, New Market. Toney, Hazel Green, and the surrounding areas. Our licensed electricians in Huntsville, AL provide professional grade residential and commercial services, and guarantee your satisfaction. We are a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.