Gardening and Electricity 101: Safety Tips Every Gardener Should Keep in Mind

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Though having electricity can make gardening a lot easier, it can also make the job more dangerous. Since much of the time the grounds of our gardens are wet, this means that you could put yourself at risk for injury from electric shock while using electrical equipment outdoors. As you know, water and electricity never mix, so whether it's rainwater, dew, or water from the hose, it could present risk. 

Below are a few safety tips to keep in mind to avoid a serious accident in your garden:

Talk with an Electrician

An electrician is going to be your best friend when it comes to dealing with the electrical issues in your garden. They can also give you some safety tips on how to avoid injury as you tend to your crops. If you're not sure where to hire an electrician, the best bet is to contact an energy company in your area. They can provide you with more information on possible dangers, tips, and even ways to save money on the cost of energy.

Invest in Residual Current Devices

Residual current devices or RCDs are essential when utilizing electrical equipment in damp areas. They can potentially save your life. They are devices that help to protect you against electric shock and can also prevent the risk of an electrical fire. Sockets that you'll be using to plug in a lawnmower, trimmer, or other electric gardening equipment should have RCD protection devices on them to be safe.

Tips When Using Electric Equipment

When cutting the grass or trimming the hedges, cords tend to span across the lawn. In order to protect yourself, it is important to keep the cords away from areas in which they could get damaged. As you're cutting the grass, make sure that you're not running over the cord, which could cause an electrical issue. When using other electrical equipment in the garden, here are some more suggestions to stay safe:

· Purchase quality products

· Follow the instructions in the manual

· Wear gloves and goggles

· Only use RCD protected sockets

· Test the RCD sockets with the test buttons to make sure they work

· Wear shoes that cover your feet entirely

· Keep kids away from electric devices

· When cleaning grass blockages from the lawn mower, make sure that you've first turned the mower off and unplugged it.

· Be sure to consult an electrician if you intend to dig in your garden to prevent hitting electric, gas, or water lines below your home.

Tips for Garden Ponds

Garden ponds are great to look at and certainly add aesthetic appeal to your home, but it is important that you stay safe. Since they are a source of water, the risk of electric shock is higher. Here are some tips for minimizing the risk of an accident near your pond:

· Purchase mains and water pumps from a well-known service provider

· Make sure that there is RCD protection

· Make sure the pond has been installed by a professional and according to manufacturers' instructions

· Make sure that you properly maintain and check your water pumps to ensure they're working properly

· Report any issues right away


Your garden is your oasis in your very own backyard. It should be a place where you can relax and enjoy the fruits of your labor. In order to keep yourself, your loved ones, and your crops safe from harm, it is important to be careful when utilizing electricity. Though it can make the task of gardening easier to manage, when you're not careful you run the risk of getting seriously hurt. Remember, when considering large digging projects or experiencing trouble with your electrical system in the garden, be sure to contact an electric company for further assistance.

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