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When did you double-check that your outdoor electrics were safe and secure?

Apr 20, 2023

With all the extreme weather conditions that we experience all year round, it’s important to make sure that everything is in perfect working order.

If you need help with your outdoor electrics or are looking to install new outdoor installations, you can count on EMS Electrical in Reading and the surrounding areas. We’re a trusted, local, and qualified electrical company that’s registered with NICEIC. 

If you are planning a new outdoor electrical installation, We’ll make sure that your outdoor installations are safe and securel, it’s important to remember that you must use a registered electrician to complete the job. This includes electrical work on garden buildings such as sheds, garages, hot tubs, new heaters and workshops.

This is a requirement according to Part P of the Building Regulations, which states that only capable and registered electricians can carry out outdoor electrical installation.

A registered electrician understands the specific demands placed upon outdoor electrical installations.

It is known that electricity and water are a deadly combination, and outdoor and garden electrics need to be designed to keep water out.

A professional electrician will use fixtures made for these situations, as even in greenhouses and sheds, the moisture levels are higher. Your electrician will also recommend connecting all outdoor electrics to an RCD for added safety, which will cut the power if an electrical fault is detected, we don’t work on outside installations if they are not RCD protected.

If you have any worries or concerns about the security of any existing outdoor electrics in Reading, you should get in touch with a reliable electrician to evaluate the situation. It is not unusual to find outdoor electrics installed by people with limited electrical expertise, presenting a huge danger of electric shock or fire.


Following a few precautionary measures can help keep you safe while using outdoor electrics:

  • Don’t use any electrical equipment outdoors when it’s wet.
  • Be sure to install a Residual Current Device (RCD), or RCBO or power breaker for all appliances. If you’re not sure if one is in place, just ask your electrician.
  • Check all cables and flexes for kinks or fraying and replace any damaged ones.
  • Inspect plugs to ensure they are firmly connected and not broken. A loose plug can cause a shock.
  • Always completely unwind extension leads before use.
  • Always disconnect all electrical equipment before attempting to clean or repair it.

We at EMS Electrical offer a wide range of outdoor electrical services for customers in Reading. Our services include:

  • Outdoor Socket Installation.
  • Hot Tub Installation and Connections
  • Garden Offices
  • Outdoor Lighting Installation.
  • Security Lighting.
  • Electrical installations in Outside- Garden Buildings.
  • Fault Finding and Repair of Existing Outdoor Electrics.

If you want to make sure that your existing outdoor electrics are secure or if you would like to have new garden electrics installed, EMS Electrical are here to help. We are a NICEIC registered electrical contractor and all our electricians are fully qualified to provide service to the Reading area. We are knowledgeable in all aspects of outdoor electrical work and we can be your go-to experts. Get in touch with us today!

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