The warm weather months are a time to let loose and have fun. After all, who can resist a hot sunny day lounging by the pool, listening to music on the patio, or maybe even trimming your hedges with an electric trimmer. (Hey, some people really do like yard work!)

Whatever it is that floats your boat, it’s important to pay extra attention to electrical safety now that it’s being used indoors and out.  Here are several electrical safety tips we hope you find useful:

  • Keep all electrical toys and appliances away from water, and don’t touch them with wet hands.
  • Ensure that all electrical connections to pools and tubs are grounded. Connections that aren’t grounded can lead to electrical shock.
  • Have ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlets installed near all water sources, including bathrooms, kitchen, and outdoor pool. These highly sensitive outlets quickly detect changes in electrical current. They will trip and disrupt the power, potentially saving you from electrical shock.
  • Know where your circuit breakers are. You never know when an emergency may arise, and you need to shut off the power.
  • Advise your kids to never go near a power line, and always assume they are live.
  • Don’t use indoor extension cords outdoors.

No matter how new or old your home, it’s a good idea to have the electrical system checked by a professional once a year. It becomes even more important as your home and electrical wiring start to show their age. For the ultimate in year-round safety and added convenience, contact Burton today to request our whole-house electrical wiring and safety inspection.