December 9, 2016
How NOT to light your holiday lights
Sometimes, it’s just worth the effort to get out the extension cord to run your holiday lights.
Ian Gilgallon, a new AmeriSpec home inspector, found this outdoor outlet on a recent home inspection. There are plenty of hazards with this setup:
- The outlet is detached rather than embedded in a wall or solid survace.
- It’s a two-prong outlet that’s not grounded, instead of a grounded three-prong outlet.
- You can see the exposed wires right next to the deck.
- There’s no GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) on the outlet. holiday lights.
Please pay it safe this holiday season, and throughout the year. Use a three-prong, grounded outlet and appropriate extension cord for powering yard lights and landscaping tools.