Although electricity makes gardening much easier, wet conditions and contact with the ground means that the risk of injury or death from electric shock is much greater than the risk from using electrical equipment indoors.
Electricity and water don’t mix, so whether it’s pouring from the heavens or there’s still dew on the ground, don’t use electrical equipment outdoors until it is dry.
By following our simple safety rules every time you work in the garden, you can easily avoid a serious accident.
An RCD is a potentially life-saving device that protects against electric shock and reduces the risk of electrical fires. Without it, if you cut through an electrical lead, a simple job like mowing the lawn could kill you.
Any socket that may be used to plug in a lawnmower, hedge trimmer or other power tool should have RCD Protection.
Click here for more information on RCDs.
When using a lawnmower or hedge trimmer it is important to keep the cables, connections and plugs free from damage.
To stay safe while using electrical equipment in the garden follow these suggestions:
The risk of electric shock is higher when there’s water about. Incorrectly installed or damaged mains supplied pumps can result in injury or death to you, your family or even your fish.
A mains supplied electric water pump in the garden should be:
If there’s a problem, switch off the water pump’s electrical supply immediately and have the pump repaired by a registered electrician.
If you do not check the condition of extension leads, cables and connections and use them correctly, you could get an electric shock.
To stay safe make sure they are:
Check the cables on mowers and other products – make sure cable is not twisted, like in the above picture, frayed or damaged!
Garden lighting is commonplace, but can create a safety risk if not properly installed.
For mains supplied lighting in the garden follow these simple suggestions:
If any faults are found, switch off the electrical supply immediately, and have them repaired by a registered electrician.