As I look out my office window the sun is shining and it looks like it could be a nice day. My mind then wanders and I think of all the Spring Fayres, Summer Fayres and of course the music concerts that are deep in the planning stages.
Electrical Safety at an Outdoor Event
Of course you mustn’t forget the ad hoc summer barbecue’s that we put on for family and friends. No matter how hard I try to stop it my Health and Safety head kicks into hyper drive, why well, I know that the summer barbecue will require the use of appealing outdoor lighting and music to be erected around the garden, it’s at this point I think about the safety of the people attending, especially if like one or two my friends, they enjoy a lemonade or two.
Duties as an Event Organiser
It is the duty of an event organiser, the contractors and others using electrical equipment do so in such a way the they ensure that any electrical outdoor equipment at the event are properly selected, installed and maintained so as not to cause death or injury to anyone on site or attending the function.
The Health and Safety Executive have produced a document which gives guidance on the safety at places of entertainment called “Electrical Safety at Places of Entertainment GS50 (Third edition)” This guidance outlines the risks, legal duties and general advice on managing electrical safety at an event.
I do understand that this document has been produced with the Professional event in mind but there are somethings that we should consider when having our own personal family and friends party.
Consider the following:
- Music – When it comes to music and you are using a sound system, if it’s is placed outside remember to make sure that the power supply is from a suitably protected source with an RCD. If you have to use a long reel extension lead, make sure it is used fully unwound, it wouldn’t be the first time I have seen a cable burnt out as it was used wound up and the maximum power load exceeded.
- Lighting – Make sure all the lighting that is being used is suitable for use outdoors, and remember to protect the plugs from mother nature, don’t leave the plugs and socket uncovered you never know when it might rain.
- Emergency Lighting – This might sound silly but make sure you have a torch placed handy, a perfectly timed power cut, could be an interesting end to the evening if someone was hurt falling over as darkness ensued.
- If you are having the big family barbecue, don’t forget that simplest of things that could be the difference between a safe night or a trip to hospital. Our blog Safety Tips Whilst Barbecuing explains more about the addition of a fire blanket or fire extinguisher to your barbecue experience. We even offer two specialist safety packs – The Home and Leisure packs.
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Until next time