April 8th, 2015 7:24 PM by Eileen Denhard
Inspect your outdoor wiring, light fixtures and outlets.
A mild electric shock is unpleasant. A serious electric shock can cause an irregular heartbeat, a temporary electrolyte imbalance and death!
What's the difference between a 'mild' electric shock and a 'serious' one? The following will make an electric shock worse:
All three of these exist in abundance outdoors.
Outdoor wiring and fixtures should be in good shape and should be protected from mechanical damage.
The first rule is "look but don't touch."
Here are three things to look for:
Wiring for telephone, cable T.V. and low voltage lighting is not a concern because the voltage in these wires is not enough to give you a shock.
For greater safety, outdoor receptacles (plugs) should be ground fault interrupters (GFI's). A "ground fault" is electricity "leaking" to ground. A GFI detects the smallest of these leaks and shuts off the receptacle in a split second..