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Outdoor Power Tool Safety

Temperatures are finally warming up and you can comfortably spend some time outdoors again. We bet you didn’t quite cross everything off of your spring cleaning to-do list yet and there’s no better time than now to tackle a few of those exterior projects. Just remember, always use extra caution when using power tools, especially around electrical wires.

Did you know that there are nearly 400 electrocutions in the United States each year and approximately 15% of those electrocutions are related to consumer products? We’re not trying to scare you with these numbers, but we do want you to be extremely careful when using power tools this season:

  • Be sure to plug power tools into GFCI outlets to protect against electrical shock.

  • Never use power tools with an extension cord that reaches over 100 feet in length.

  • Avoid using power tools near electrical wires or water pipes. This also includes overhead wires and garden hoses.

  • Always use tools with insulated grips when working with electricity.

  • Remember to follow all manufacturer instructions when using a wet-dry vacuum or a pressure washer in order to avoid electrical shock.

When it comes to residential electrical work, you can rely on us to get the job done right. Give Lon Lockwood Electric a call today at (585) 766-4702.