Top to-dos for a backyard reno

When planning a backyard update, there may be more than meets the eye. Aside from choosing your project and dealing with delays, there are also potential hazards for you to watch out for. Here is some helpful guidance in taking the first steps of an outdoor reno safely.

1. Locate all powerlines
Before you begin, make sure to locate all overhead and underground powerlines. Keep you and your equipment at least 3 metres (10 feet) away from them. Did you know that electricity can jump or arc to you or your tools? Staying a safe distance away will prevent any direct or indirect contact.

2. Play pretend
Be sure to envision your newly designed space in advance. Use empty pots for where plants will go, or old furniture where new pieces will be around the backyard. Spend some time experimenting with new layouts to see what makes the most sense for you and the space.

3. Carry equipment horizontally
When it’s time to get to work, do not carry your ladder vertically. It could come in contact with an overhead powerline, so always proceed cautiously. Do not rest your ladder against a powerline either, as this could prove to be highly fatal.

4. Practice safe use of tools
If you need to use extension cords to plug in any power tools, be sure to use the right ones. There are specific extension cords meant and rated for outdoor use. Never take a chance by using something intended for indoor use, even if it’s for a short duration.

And don’t forget – you should only plug your cord into an outlet with a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter. GFCI outlets minimizes the risk of shock injuries and fatal burns.

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