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Are You Covered? Exterior Receptacle Safety

Water and electricity don’t mix

Water is an excellent conductor of electricity and that’s why the National Electric Code requires that weather and tamper resistant GFCI, ground fault circuit interrupter outlets, can be installed outdoors or in area susceptible to dampness.

Exterior Outlets Need to Be Covered It’s quite common for extension cords to be plugged in to exterior outlets for extended periods of time. This is particularly true during the holiday’s when many homeowners add decorative lights to their homes. On outdoor receptacles, flat covers only provide protection when an outlet is not in use. If you think an outlet could potentially get wet while being used, make sure to install an in-use cover. In-use or “bubble covers” provide protection from water and the National Electric Code now requires all outdoor outlets to have weatherproof covers that will protect the outlets when they’re being used in rainy or damp conditions.

Check Your Existing Outlets

It’s a good idea to add outdoor electrical outlets on your home, make sure they are up to code and safe to use. If you aren’t sure how to tell, ask your trusted SheWorks electrician who will know the proper ground and outlet covers to use to ensure your outlets and home are protected.

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