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Outdoor Electrical SAFETY CHECK i Electrical Safety Foundation International ESF R TIPS FOR THE SAFE OUTDOOR USE OF ELECTRICITY R
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Published as a public service by the Electrical Safety Foundation International in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and the Canada Safety Council. The Outdoor Electrical Safety Check booklet is made possible through grants from Intertek Testing Service and E.I. DuPont, Inc. No endorsement of any particular product, company or service is implied by their mention in this publication.
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1 Safety Check Electrical Safety Foundation International Introduction . ............................................ 2 Electrical Safety Devices . .......................... 3 What are electrical safety devices? . .................. 3 Ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) . ......... 3 Arc fault circuit interrupter (AFCI) . ................. 4 How do electrical safety devices work? . .......... 5 Hazards in the use of electrical products outdoors . .................................... 12 Before using electrical products outdoors . .... 14 Safety Rules . ......................................... 17 Hot Tubs, Spas and Pools . ............................. 20 Extension Cords. ............................................. 21 Electrical Lawn and Garden Products. ........... 23 Battery Operated Products . ............................ 27 Power Tool Safety . .......................................... 29 Glossary . .............................................. 32 Note: Throughout the pamphlet words in blue are listed in the glossary. CONTENTS R
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2 Reasonable people, knowing the danger, would never stand under a tree or on a hill during a thunderstorm where they might be struck by a bolt of lightning. Yet, these same people some- times become careless about protecting them- selves and their families against other outdoor electrical hazards that can cause a fire, produce a shock or even electrocute. Water, which doesn’t mix with electricity, can be found in unexpected places out- doors. A tall ladder, even wooden, carried in an upright position can accidentally contact an overhead power line with possibly fatal results. This pamphlet explains electrical safety devices that, when properly used and maintained, can reduce or prevent accidents. It lists do’s and don’ts for electrically-powered or cordless prod- ucts commonly used outdoors. Read through and follow these electrical safety guidelines to make your outdoor life safer and more enjoyable. INTRODUCTION R
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3 WHAT ARE ELECTRICAL SAFETY DEVICES? Four devices that help provide outdoor electrical safety: Circuit breakers or fuses protect against over- current conditions that could result in poten- tial fire and shock hazards. Ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs)
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