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Outdoor Electrical Safety for Your Memorial Day

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Are you throwing a Memorial Day party this year? We know entertaining can be a lot of fun, but it can also be dangerous if you don’t prepare properly. Let the members of our electrical services staff give you a few tips to keep everyone safe this Memorial Day:

Don’t Use Water Around Electricity

This may sound pretty easy to avoid, but it’s not always. If there’s going to be an activity that involves water (say a sprinkler for the kids, perhaps), make sure it’s set up well away from any electrical outlets or wiring. If you have a pool or hot tub, remind swimmers to never touch an electrical appliance while they’re in the water. Also, make sure your outdoor outlets are weatherproofed and protected by a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) to protect you and your guests from electrical shock.

Stay Away from Power Sources

If there are power lines or an electrical transformer near your home (usually a green metal “box” mounted on a slab of cement), tell your guests to stay away from them. Even if the power lines or transformer is low voltage, you don’t want anyone mistakenly causing an accident.

Lock Up Power Tools

If you own any power tools that can be considered dangerous (drills, saws, blades, etc.), make sure they’re safely locked away in your garage, shed, or other secure area. The last thing you want is someone starting up a chainsaw at your Memorial Day party.

Inspect Lighting

At Oliver, we know parties don’t always end when the sun goes down – and if that’s the case, you’ll need some outdoor lighting. If you plan on setting up some outdoor lamps, inspect each lamp to make sure there is no damage. Also inspect their cords and any extension cords you’ll be using for damage. If you find cracks, splices, fraying, or other signs of trouble, replace the light source or cord.

Stay Safe During Storms

If you’re expecting a thunderstorm, unplug any electronic equipment before it starts to avoid power surges. If there are people in your pool or hot tub, have them get out and move away from the water. Also have everyone move away from the tallest object in the area, as lightning tends to strike tall objects first. Your best bet is to move everyone indoors and away from glass windows and doors.

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