As we're getting out into the garden a reminder on how to safely use electricity outdoors is always useful.
Electricity can make gardening much easier but wet conditions and contact with the ground mean risks from electric shock are also greater than those indoors.
Electricity and water don’t mix, so whether it’s pouring from the heavens or just dew on the ground, don’t use electrical equipment outdoors until it is dry.
Following simple safety rules when you're in the garden can easily avoid a serious accident.
Top tips to help you stay safe
1. Use a Residual Current Device (RCD) with all outdoor electrical equipment. If you don't have one built into your fusebox / consumer unit, you should use a plug-in RCD
2. Switch off and unplug electrical items before cleaning, adjusting or checking them
3. Store equipment in a dry, safe place and check that it hasn't been damaged or affected by water before using it
4. Be aware of where the electrical power cable is at all times
5. Never use electrical equipment in wet conditions!