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Are Your Outdoor Outlet Safe?
Time:2020-11-25    Read:457 Time

When you need to use outdoor outlets, have you considered the safety of outdoor outlets? The answer from most people is no, because when you see outdoor outlets there, and we need to use them, their appearance looks the same as other outlets. We assume that they are safe and usable. However, unlike indoor sockets, outdoor sockets face various environments every day. Natural environments such as heat, cold, rain, and snow will cause these outdoor sockets to be affected by many factors. 

Seeing this, when using outdoor sockets, you will pay more attention to the safety of sockets. Avoid dangerous accidents such as fire and electric shock. 


Correct selection of outdoor sockets 

When choosing sockets, choose high-quality sockets and products with certification marks. The protection level of outdoor plugs and sockets is relatively high. It is recommended to choose IP55 or higher. 

Learn to choose the outdoor switch you want according to the IP protection level. 

You can also choose to have a waterproof protective cover socket, they can provide protection against moisture, rain, ice and snow. Enhance their corrosion-resistant components and protect anyone who touches them from shocks. 

The protection grade adopts the IP×× grade standard recommended by the International Electric technical Commission (IEC), and the grade is different for different installation places. Please refer to the following description for selection. In the grade standard, "XX" is a two-digit number, the first digit indicates the protection level against solids, and the second digit indicates the protection level against liquids. There are 7 levels of solid protection level, which are represented by 0-6 respectively; there are 9 levels of liquid protection level, which are represented by 0-8. 


The first number represented the Dust Level 

0: no protection

1: Prevent the intrusion of large solids 

2: Prevent the intrusion of medium-sized solids 

3: Prevent small solids from entering and intruding 

4: Prevent solid objects larger than 1mm from entering

5: Prevent the accumulation of harmful dust 

6: completely prevent dust from entering 


The second number represented the Waterproof Level 

0: no protection 

1: Water droplets will not affect the shell 

2: When the shell is tilted to 15 degrees, the water droplets into the shell have no effect 

3: Water or rain has no effect on the shell from the 60 degree corner

4: The liquid is splashed into the shell from any direction without harm

5: Rinse with water without any harm

6: Can be used in the cabin environment 

7: Can be resistant to immersion in a short time (1m) 

8: The socket can be used normally after being immersed in water for a long time under certain pressure 


Be aware of potential dangers 

If scratches are found on the surface of the socket, abrasion can cause serious problems on the surface. You should immediately turn off the power and stop using it. Do not install outdoor sockets in places with dense trees, sidewalks and other places that people can easily reach to avoid the risk of electric shock. 


Avoid installing the socket in a humid place

You should install outdoor sockets in damp places, like fountains, swimming pools, fish ponds and other places. The socket needs to be installed as far as possible where rain can't reach, and the outdoor power supply should be cut off as much as possible on rainy days to avoid other accidents. 


Keep the socket clean 

People are always easy to forget where the outdoor outlet is. Make sure to keep the area free of grass clippings, beautify the environment, boxes and other places that may cover the exit or cause operational problems. 

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