During the year, outdoor electrics are subjected to the most severe weather conditions. They are exposed to wind and rain, high temperatures in the summer, and ice and snow in the winter. Whether you want to know if existing outside electrics are safe to use, or if you want to install new outdoor electrics, my team at T&R Sutton can assist you. We are your reliable, local, NICEIC-registered electricians.
Making Sure Your Outdoor Electrics Are Safe
When installing a new outside electrical installation on your property, you must choose a registered electrician. Any electrical installations in garden structures such as sheds, garages, and workshops are included. Part P of the Building Regulations state that this is a legal obligation. They emphasise that only qualified, registered electricians should perform outside electrical installation work. A registered electrician will understand the specific demands placed upon an outdoor electrical installation.
Water and electricity are a dangerous combination, and any outdoor or garden electrics must be built to keep water out. An experienced electrician will utilise fixtures that are specifically built to survive the wet weather outside. Because garden buildings are prone to wetness, these IP-certified waterproof fittings must be used even in greenhouses and sheds. For your safety, your electrician will also recommend that any outside electrics be connected to an RCD. In the event of an electrical fault, this will turn off the power, keeping you safe.
If you have any doubts regarding the safety of any outside electrics you already have installed at your property, contact a reputable electrician. They will inspect your garden electrics and ensure that they are safe for you to use. Outside electrical installations that have been inadequately handled by someone with minimal electrical competence are unfortunately widespread. They are extremely dangerous and can cause electrical shock or fire. If you have any concerns, we believe it is advisable to err on the side of caution and consult with a specialist.
Safety Tips for Outdoor Electrics
A common-sense approach to outdoor electrics will help you to use them safely:
It’s rather obvious but never use electrical equipment outside in wet weather.
Use a residual current device (RCD) or power breaker for all appliances. If you aren’t sure that you have one installed, ask your electrician.
Check cables and flexes regularly for frays and kinks. Discard any that are damaged.
Check plugs to make sure they are firmly wired and not damaged. If the plug is loose, the wiring within could cause a shock.
Fully unwind extension leads before using them.
Always unplug electrical equipment before you clean or maintain it.
Outdoor Electrical Services
Electrical Experts offer a full range of outdoor electrical services to our customers across Hampshire. Our services include:
Outdoor Socket Installation
Outdoor Lighting Installation
Electrical installations in Garden Buildings
Fault Finding and Repair of Existing Outdoor Electrics
T&R Sutton is here to help if you want to make sure your current outdoor electrics are safe or if you want to install new garden electrics. My dependable team and I are NICEIC-registered electricians serving Hampshire. We are your local go-to experts for all areas of outdoor electrical work, and we are highly experienced in all parts of outdoor electrical work.