How to Prep Outdoor Electrical Outlets for Patio Season


patio-outlet-prep-tipsThere’s nothing like relaxing outside on your very own backyard patio. When preparing for spring and summer, there are a few electrical safety tips that you will want to keep in mind when it comes to your home’s outdoor electrical outlets. Fusion Electric put together our top tips for homeowners below.

Outdoor Outlet Cover

Every outdoor outlet needs an outlet cover. Why? Elements ranging from rain to wind, morning dew or even dirt, can cause all sorts of problems if they make their way into the electrical outlet. An outlet cover also acts as a safety feature with regards to moisture.

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Adding Outlets Instead of Extension Cords

Did you know that extension cords were created as a temporary solution? Their purpose is not to connect your fountain bubbler to the outdoor outlet connected to your home season after season. In fact, it is extremely hazardous to use them as such. The pros at Fusion Electric recommend never using an extension cord as a replacement for an outdoor outlet. Instead, call your electrician to help spruce up your outdoors with a few new outlets.

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GFCI-Protected Outlets

Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) outlets were created to prevent electrical shock in wet locations such as kitchens, bathrooms, and outdoor areas. Not only do we recommend that your home’s outdoor outlets are GFCI protected as a safety precaution, it is required by code. While the covers we mentioned before can certainly help prevent moisture from getting into your outdoor outlets, you can never be too careful when it comes to the electricity around your home!

Whether you’re looking to install brand new power outlets outside of your home or you need some assistance with maintaining your existing outlets, Fusion Electric is ready to help you out, every step of the way. Give us a call at 913-563-7975 or contact us online to set up an appointment with an electrician!