Asked on Sep 21, 2019

Is it safe to have an extension cord on the ground all year?

Lynn SorrellCindyFlipturn


I recently added string lights to my patio -- I hung them on DIY string light poles that I sunk in quick cement in planters. The problem is that to reach our outdoor outlet, I have an outdoor extension cord that runs along the edge of our patio for about 10 feet. I would like to keep the lights up year-round, as the lights take quite a bit of work to put up. Is it safe to have the extension cord on the ground all year? Is there anything I can do to protect the cord and ensure safety? Thanks!

3 answers
  • Flipturn
    on Sep 21, 2019

    Even if the extension cord is exterior gauge, it is recommended to have it up off the ground, as

    (1) a safety measure against tripping, and

    (2) to help prevent it shorting out, due to becoming wet

    Waterproof extension cord connection covers are available.

  • Cindy
    on Sep 21, 2019

    Hi Lauren. I'm Cindy. As long as your extension cord is rated for outdoor use, you should have no problem. A lot of people leave cords outside for their Christmas lights. My husband recommends that you change the extension cord every couple years. Make sure that your exterior outlet is a GFI.

  • Lynn Sorrell
    Lynn Sorrell
    on Sep 21, 2019

    put it inside some conduit or PVC pipes

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