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    McKinney, TX 75070
  • 214-697-3134

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Electrical Safety: Outdoor Order or Disorder?

Hello and Welcome Back to our Electrical Safety blog here at Bill’s Quality Electric, LLC. Now that spring has sprung, it’s time to get back into the outdoors…so we’ll call upon Storytelling Suzie to lead the way as we look to see if there’s Order or Disorder around the house outdoors and what Suzie plans to do about what she finds. So, without further a-do, let Suzie have at it!

Now, first off, Suzie wants to share how they just experienced some severe weather overnight, including some strong winds and hail in the mix. So, in addition to assessing what’s going on in the yard, she’ll also be looking for any damage from the storm; after all, it is that time of year, where the weather can get a little punchy!

First up, after opening the garage, she sees that her teenage son left the powered lawn mower out instead of putting it back where it belongs. Must have gotten distracted on his smart phone again! OY. Suzie makes note of that reminder and will be sure to have him check the electrical wire on the lawn mower for any damage, especially after the storm!

Next, Suzie notes an outdoor GFCI outlet that looks damaged…maybe hit by hail? She doesn’t recall a direct lightning strike, so she’ll have to get her trusty licensed electrician to take a look at it and get it replaced.

Just around the corner, Suzie notices the outdoor extension cord plugged in, but for what? It’s not attached to anything. So, perhaps, it was left out unnecessarily. And now it’s all wet from the storm, and since she didn’t notice it until now, perhaps it may be damaged, which could cause electrical shock. So she keeps her distance since the grass is still wet and she knows electricity and water don’t mix!

Right outside her patio, she moves to the swimming pool. She looks and notices that one of the interior lights isn’t lit. Hmmm, wonder if the storm had anything to do with it? Well, she also knows that no one should use that pool until it’s been repaired, since that can cause electrical shock which could also lead to drowning, (also knows as ESD, that she read about). Plus, she remembers the pool will need an electrical inspection before they use it again, so good timing to get it all done at once, if possible.

Suzie then remembers that she wanted to plant a tree in the back yard and finds a spot that might do well for it; she looks up and doesn’t’ see any power lines that could be an inhibitor for such a possibility, but she also remembers that she’ll need to call before they dig. She certainly would want to hit any lines underground; that could cause damage or even electrical shock! She looks forward to seeing what kind of tree they’ll pick out to enhance the yard and make it even more enjoyable. Suzie especially enjoys listening to the birds while out on the patio.

Oh, the joys of spring…but especially once the disorder is made aright (like putting things away where they belong before a storm comes along or other damage incurs), and repairs are made, things will really be aligned for some spring satisfaction and smiles all around, enjoying the Outdoors in Order!

We hope you’ve enjoyed Suzie’s Storytelling as she makes her way to a satisfying spring experience! Always keep in mind to maintain what you have to Stay Electrically Safe and Smart!

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Remember, if you own a business or home in Collin County area of North Texas and are in need of electrical service, repair or installation this spring, give us a call at 214.697.3134 to schedule an appointment with Bill’s Quality Electric, LLC. We look forward to doing business with you!