Is an Outdoor Electrical Box Safe?
A portable outdoor electric box is useful and generally safe. But, misuse of one can result in serious injury. It is important that children are not allowed to have access to equipment such as secondary pedestals or pad-mount transformers. These outdoor electrical outlet boxes are safe to use. Below, we will discuss the hazards and ways to protect your family.
What Does Mean by an Electrical Box?
The risk of physical injury from opening outdoor electrical equipment is high, especially if water is nearby or someone has placed an object inside. There are many possible outcomes, including electrocution, shocks, and burns. It is important to remember not:
- You don't know how an outdoor electrical box works.
- You can damage your home or others' homes by attempting to interfere with the access control.
- Do not ignore holes, broken locks, or missing or damaged pins; immediately report them to the utility.
Underground conduits carry electricity from underground boxes to electrical boxes. The power transmission lines deliver electricity from above ground. To ensure safety, do not touch in-ground equipment.
Safety Tips for Outdoor Electrical Outlets
You may find outlets in boxes on the outside of walls. These outlets are as safe as indoor outlets but you should still follow these safety precautions.
- Only Use Weather-Resistant Rectacles: These receptacles are required by the National Electric Code. They can withstand humidity, rain, snow, and even ice. Weather-resistant covers protect from the elements while corrosion-resistant parts improve durability and protection against shock.
- Install Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters. There are many types of GFCIs, but the best ones are integrated into the outlet. If a ground fault is detected, the outlet will automatically turn off to prevent electricity from reaching nearby conductors (or people, pets, or other living things that could be seriously injured).
- Cover the Outlet. Install a weatherproof cover if the outlet doesn't have one. If you aren't using the outlet, you can close it and flip it up to reach sockets and plugs.
- Do Not Use an Extension Cord An extension cord can cause more harm than good. The wrong extension cord can lead to major problems. You shouldn't use indoor extension cables as they are not designed for outdoor use and may not have the necessary capacity to power tools, lawn equipment, and other items that you might plug in outside.
- Don't overload the Outlet: Most houses don't have many outdoor outlets boxes. Although it can be tempting to plug as many as possible into one outlet, this can prove dangerous. Overloading an outlet can lead to electrical damage and even a fire. Extension cords are often used by many people, increasing the chance of overloaded outlets.
- Do not place an outlet in a wet area: Electricity is dangerous when combined with water. Do not place any electrical outlet boxes or other equipment near a fountain or pool, or anywhere that is prone to flooding.
- Don't Block the Outlet: Similarly to having trouble locating an outlet, it is important that you know where it is located. It should not be blocked by any landscaping, trash, boxes, or wood.
Keep an eye out for potential problems: Call an electrician immediately if an outlet feels warm or sparks.
Contact Oakland Electrician Group
Like any piece of electrical equipment, an outdoor outlet or box must be maintained and installed properly. Oakland Electrician Group offers outdoor and indoor installation services, as well as the ability to update or repair your equipment. We also ensure that it is safe for you to use. We are available 24/7 to assist you if you have an emergency. Call (341)208 2060 today to get started.
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