Electrical Safety Outdoors

Posted on: November 27th, 2011 by Glen No Comments

Electric Lawn MowerElectrical power tools should not be used outdoors in the rain or when you're in any wet conditions. Never leave any electric power tools unattended as unqualified personnel or children can be hurt or even killed. If any parts of the device are damaged or cracked stop using the tool and have it repaired or replaced immediately. Inspect the power cord and extension cords for any frayed wires or other damage. Electrical extension cords must be rated for the ampere requirements of the tools being used. Be sure the electrical outlets you are plugged into are protected by a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) to help protect you from a deadly electrical shock.

Never use or touch electrical appliances or tools when you’re in the pool, hot tub, shower, bath tub or any other body of water. Example; Do not use the hair dyer while sitting in the bathtub.

When working outside use extension cords that are rated for outdoor usage. The outer insulation jacket of an outdoor-rated extension cord is made of a tough material, which is designed to withstand temperature changes, moisture, UV rays and other conditions. Remember to unplug any extension cords when they are not in use to avoid potential safety hazards.

Be sure your work truck has the required safety clearance distance from the overhead wires and cables before you drive under them.

Outdoor child safety includes teaching kids to stay clear of all electrical wires and power company transformers. Also teach the children not to fly their kites near any overhead utility cables. Never allow children to climb a tree or any other structure near power lines.


Aluminum ladders are light weight and easy to move around the work site but they will conduct electricity making them dangerous for use around electrical areas. Fiberglass ladders are corrosion resistant, maintenance free, light weight, non-conductive (heat and electric) and provide a much safer choice. When using ladders, avoid contact with any overhead utility wires and power lines. Stay at least 10 feet away from all electric and utility lines.

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