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.
Fit RCDs (Residual Current Devices)
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.
Garden Ponds – Make sure electric pumps don’t electrify the water
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:
- Good quality
- Protected by an RCD and tested at least every 3 months
- Installed in accordance with manufacturers' instructions
- Maintained in good working order
Safer Garden Lighting
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:
- Buy good quality electrical outdoor lighting equipment
- Suitable for outdoor use
- Ensure light fittings in water features are waterproof
- Use a registered electrician
- Check regularly for damage
- Keep equipment maintained
- Before changing any lamps, make sure you switch off the power supply.