Summer is almost here, and every homeowner is in the business of ensuring that their outdoor space looks appealing. There is so much outdoor work to do, from trimming trees and bushes to mowing lawns and cleaning the driveway. You are probably dusting off your saws, mowers, and other power tools from the garage in preparation from the cleanup. As you get caught up in the activities, it is essential to recognize the need for maintaining electrical safety when using garden power tools at home. When mishandled, these tools can cause electrical hazards and injuries. Here are some essential electrical safety tips that you should observe when utilizing power tools.
Inspect tools before use
Since they are used outdoors, garden power tools are often exposed to the harshest of conditions. It is easy for the electrical cabling to get damaged as you drag the equipment across the lawn or pavements. Damaged wiring inside of the cords can act as a source of electrical hazards if you don't take care when handling the equipment. For this reason, it is essential to inspect your tools before any garden work. Ensure that all the electrical components are in excellent condition. If there are any damaged cords, they should be replaced.
Install a safety switch on the switchboard
The switchboard is an essential part of your home's electrical system. Among other things, it contains breakers which cut off electricity in the event of a hazard. In addition to these breakers, you also need a safety switch installed on the circuits that will supply power to the tools. If you accidentally whacked an electrical cord of equipment that is plugged in, you could end up getting electrocuted. A safety switch will efficiently cut off power in such a situation and prevent electrical shock. Also, if any tool malfunctions, the safety switch will cut off electricity and stop an electrical fire.
Uncoil extension cords
Coiling extension cords is a dangerous practice when using any electrical devices. When a cable is coiled, the wires inside can break or overheat due to the tension. This can result in an electrical fire if you don't have safety switches in place. Even if the cord keeps on rolling as you work or is too long, make a point of unrolling it before continuing with the project. The same applies to any power strips that you are using for outdoor work.
Finally, always remember to unplug tools before unclogging them and after finishing the project. Don't leave any equipment unattended, especially those that have blades and cutting parts. Contact an after-hours electrician if there are any safety issues or emergencies when using power tools.