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Outdoor Outlets Usage and Safety

September 23, 2015

outdoor outletIn general, an outdoor electrical outlet is the same as the indoor outlet within your home. Typically, an outdoor receptacle is a 120v, three-pronged grounded outlet that the majority of your appliances plug into. You find them on walls, decks, and by the pool. Needless to say, outdoor outlets are used more frequently in the warmer and milder weather. These areas lend themselves to more time spent outside, which makes them a must have.

Usage

The simple definition, is that you can use them for anything electrical that you would typically use outdoors. Outdoor outlets are most commonly used for lights, especially holiday lights, Christmas, and Halloween being the most common. When used in an outdoor kitchen, they can be used to plug-in a mini fridge, microwave, blender, and a lot more. One of the most popular uses is electrical lawn devices such as electric mowers, weed trimmers, and blowers.

Safety

Though it may seem less safe to use electricity outside, it is actually very safe to do so. As a matter of fact, outdoor outlets have protections in place to make certain that they remain as safe as possible. The way this is accomplished is by using GFCI outlets, rather than the customary electrical outlets. GFCI outlets are equipped with sensors that can detect small changes in electrical current and shuts the power off when necessary. This will protect you from accidental electrocution if there is a short, and if something electrical comes into contact with water. Furthermore, the outlet is covered so that they are protected from wind, rain, dirt and other elements.

outdoor outlet

In conclusion, an outdoor electrical outlet is a great way to increase the functionality of your outdoor spaces. Whether you are using it to power your electric lawn mower, lighting, or any electrical device, the range of possibilities is unlimited. If you need additional outdoor outlets for your home, or if you don’t have any, then call J.P. McCurdy Electrical Services today at 781-595-7074. We can advise you on safe placement and usage, and install them, as well. Check out our website for specials on outdoor outlet installation, and much more. http://www.mccurdyelectric.com/promotions

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