During summer, we Brits are out in the garden in the blink of an eye, dining alfresco or hosting BBQ parties. Having outdoor lights and other electronic items out in the garden makes it easier for us to enjoy the space, especially after dark, but precautions must be taken to ensure everyone remains safe.
If you do plan to install outdoor lights, make sure they are weatherproof, as well as all sockets and switches that you plan add to your garden. When installing lights on the wall or you have any other summer DIY projects on the horizon, make sure you’re extremely careful. Too many people are guilty of accidentally drilling through cables that are concealed inside walls. Shut off the power before you begin any dangerous projects to avoid trouble.
Many of us use electric fans around this time of year, especially at night when it’s hard to sleep in the heat. Although these are fantastically useful, they can actually be quite dangerous. Sometimes when they’re left on for too long they can overheat. Ironic, right? With that in mind, never buy a second-hand fan because it could be damaged internally and you won’t even know.
As summer is the biggest time of year for many Brits to go abroad or spend extended time away from their homes. If you have a holiday planned, make sure to turn off all your sockets and switches before you leave. Whilst you’re aware, remember that many countries don’t have the same electrical standards as we do in the UK, so be extra cautious; don’t use any sockets that look cracked or damaged and be sure to take along the correct travel adaptor.
If you do have any concerns about your electrics, don’t hesitate to contact a professional who will give you appropriate advice and put your mind at rest.