Newer homes are constructed with outdoor wall sockets where homeowners can plug in electrical devices. These are very convenient for those who like to use electronics, appliances, and power tools outdoors. Because outdoor outlets are designed to shut off power when water contacts the electrical source or there is a current imbalance, outdoor outlets are very safe. But they should only be installed by licensed electricians in St. Louis.
Your older home may not currently have outdoor outlets. You may consider installing them. Check out the many benefits of outdoor electrical sockets.
No Need For Extension Cords
While extension cords can be convenient when you need to reach an outlet from far away, they can also pose many hazards. If you were to plug in a cord indoors, then run it through a window, and lay it across a walkway so it can access an electrical device outside, this could pose a tripping hazard.
Other risks include using cords of the wrong size, rating or type, which can result in overloading or fire. Using extension cords for high-powered appliances is very dangerous. To prevent these dangers, use a safe outdoor outlet.
Easier Yard Maintenance
When working out in the yard, it’s much easier and safer to plug in electrical tools or lawn equipment into outdoor wall sockets. When you install an outlet in a central location, you ensure your lawnmower, hedge trimmer or leaf blower will reach your entire yard.
Safer Outdoor Experiences
With the addition of an outdoor electrical outlet, you’re free to spend more time outside. You can charge your laptop while you work on the patio, or power an electric grill, mini-fridge, or speaker system for your next backyard bash. Best part is, weatherproof outlets are safe to use anytime, which means your party is a go whether it’s raining or not.
More Festive Holidays
Using holiday lights and decorations outside can be very dangerous when you have to run an extension cord. When installing an outdoor GFCI outlet, you reduce the risk of fire. Plus, you can add more strands of lights without the risk of overloading your circuits or causing any kind of electrical damage.
Accessible Outdoor Space at Night
An outdoor wall outlet allows you to plug in light fixtures all year long, which improves the ambiance of your yard at night. Now there’s no risk of your guests tripping in the dark.
Outdoor Wall Socket Safety Tips
Even with a well-protected outdoor outlet, you must follow these safety precautions:
- Use GFCI outlets when possible
- Don’t install an outlet close to a pool or hot tub
- Put a weatherproof cover on the outlet
- Regularly inspect your outdoor outlets for wear and damage
- Don’t overload an outlet; read the rating before use
- Don’t use the outlet during a storm
Outdoor Electrical O’Fallon, MO
For professional and safe installation of outdoor outlets, contact us at 636-294-8562 for a free quote. Our electricians in St Louis & St. Charles MO can get the job done in no time.