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Introduction to Outdoor Electrical Safety

Clint McCann, P.E.

Course Outline

This one hour online course discusses common Outdoor Electrical Safety hazards and Electrical Safety Devices designed to provide protection from fire, electrical shock, or electrocution.  Students are introduced to the most common electrical safety devices and how they work.  Hazards associated with the use of electrical products outdoors are discussed and safety rules are presented as guides to outdoor electrical safety.  After completion of the course, students will have gained a better understanding of both the dangers associated with outdoor electrical usage and the safety measures that can easily be put in place to mitigate the risks of injury on the job site or during leisure activities.   

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

Learning Objective

At the conclusion of this course, students will:

Intended Audience

This course is useful for engineers, managers, tradesmen, and anyone else who has occasion to use electrical tools, accessories, or appliances in an outdoor environment.  The course is relevant to multiple industries and trades and even to homeowners.

Benefit for Attendee

In this course, students will review the booklet entitled “Outdoor Electrical Safety Check”, copyrighted and published by ESFi (Electrical Safety Foundation International).  This publication introduces electrical safety devices that, if properly utilized and carefully maintained, can provide protection from or prevention of outdoor electrical hazards.  Please note, that ESFi is a non-profit organization and the contents of the booklet are in no way meant to endorse a particular product. 

Course Introduction

Studied and experimented with for centuries, electricity only began to be widely harnessed for performing useful industrial and residential tasks in the late 19th century.  Over a century later, modern societies have come to depend upon its availability and versatility to power lights, appliances, tools, machinery, transportation vehicles, communications, and the list goes on.  Electricity is relatively inexpensive, readily available, and simple to control.  People have become comfortable with its use.  But it is this comfort level that often leads individuals to overlook or ignore the dangers associated with electricity, especially in outdoor environments.  This course introduces students to safety devices designed to make the use of outdoor electrical tools, appliances, etc. safer.

Course Content

The course content is entirely based on the “Outdoor Electrical Safety Check”, copyrighted and published by ESFi (Electrical Safety Foundation International)

Outdoor Electrical Safety Check

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Course Summary

It has been little more than a century since electricity was first harnessed for the purpose of real day-to-day work activities.  But over the course of that time span it has become an invaluable tool in the lives of people in all developed nations.  With its popularity and utility, however, have come associated risks of injury to people and property, especially in the use of electrical power in an outdoor setting.  This course provides users with a knowledge of the dangers, devices designed to provide risk protection, and rules to help ensure safety when utilized properly.

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Once you finish studying the above course content, you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.

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DISCLAIMER: The materials contained in the online course are not intended as a representation or warranty on the part of PDH Center or any other person/organization named herein. The materials are for general information only. They are not a substitute for competent professional advice. Application of this information to a specific project should be reviewed by a registered architect and/or professional engineer/surveyor. Anyone making use of the information set forth herein does so at their own risk and assumes any and all resulting liability arising therefrom.