Outdoor sockets should always feature a residual current device (RCD) that will help to protect you from the risk of fatal electric shock.
Outdoor sockets with RCDs have the ability to withstand weather elements such as rain, snow, and frost. Installing an outdoor socket makes outdoor living easier and seasonal decorating fuss free.
Should outdoor sockets have RCD?
Always! As mentioned above all types of sockets to be installed outdoors need RCD protection. RCDs switch off electricity automatically if a fault occurs. RCDs are far more sensitive than normal fuses and circuit-breakers providing additional protection against electric shocks. RCDs can save lives and should never be skipped when installing an outdoor socket.
Electrical fixtures are equipped with an IP rating, which serves as a guide to determine their suitability for different environments. IP, short for 'ingress protection', is accompanied by two numbers. The first number indicates the level of protection against objects or dust entering the fixture, while the second number indicates the level of protection against water ingress. The higher the number, the better protection.
Outdoor socket requirements
- Outdoor rated & waterproof.
- Any appliance plugged in must also be waterproof and fit for use outside.
- Cables must be water and frost proof…the joys of British weather! 😊
- Installed with RCD protection.
After the socket has been fitted by a fully qualified electrician it’s your responsibility to check the wiring regularly for any damage. Look out for wear and tear caused by animals. You should also ensure any cabling is tucked away safely to avoid any unwanted trips.
Can I install an outdoor socket myself?
As with all electrical work, DIY is risky. An outdoor socket if not installed correctly can be dangerous. To avoid any incidents, it’s always best to pass the job onto a qualified professional. Are you based in Huddersfield? JP Electrical can install a wide range of outdoor rated sockets safely and efficiently.
How long will it take to install an outdoor socket?
It should take no longer than a few hours to install an outdoor socket with RCD protection. Once installed the electrician will fully test the socket ensuring it’s fit and safe for use. The job will also need to be certified so keep this mind.
Choosing the right electrician
As we all know water and electricity are enemies. Because of this it’s important your outdoor socket is installed to the highest standard. Before hiring an electrician double check, they are fully qualified and accredited. They should also have several five-star reviews left by their previous customers. At JP Electrical, Huddersfield we are NICEIC registered and a Which? Trusted Trader. We are also on Checkatrade and have nearly 100 five-star reviews on google 😊.
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