Deck Safety: Lighting and Electrical Safety

Not maintaining your deck lighting could make it a fire hazard.

Poorly maintained deck lighting could be a fire hazard.

Summer weather brings late nights; this means more parties and get-togethers. When we spend more time outdoors, especially at night, we need adequate lighting to maintain a reasonable level of safety. This is why it’s crucial to have working lights available so you can keep the party going all night long.

Cleaning lights is a way to brighten up your space quickly. Chances are your deck hasn’t seen much traffic in months, which means you probably have lots of dirt and grime on the fixtures. Refer to your owner’s manual for the best course of action for cleaning any light fixtures.

Make sure all existing lighting is in working order. It’s been a while since you’ve used your deck, so there is the possibility that plants or trees have taken over. Trim these up as necessary.

One extremely important point is to check all of the electrical outlets. Check your local building codes and see if your outlets are up to date. If children are going to be present, the outlets MUST be childproof. Clean the outlets if necessary, and make sure they’re waterproof. You never know what the summer can bring.

If you have to use electrical extension cords, first make sure they are approved for outdoor use. Safely secure them and keep them out of the way of high traffic areas.

If you don’t have sufficient lighting on your deck and walkways, it’s important you install some. Not only does this add safety, but it allows you to enjoy your outdoor space as long as you’d like.

If you are unsure about how to install lighting, don’t do anything until you contact a local licensed contractor/electrician who is familiar with outdoor electrical installation. Lighting is not something to take on by yourself, especially if you’re not qualified.

So go ahead, throw a late night party and enjoy your deck all night long.


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