Things to consider before installing an external power point

If you regularly use electrical items outside such as lawnmowers or hedge cutters you may be considering installing an external power point. Before you do this there are some things you will need to factor in.

Installing an external power point is not a DIY task and should only be done by a qualified professional who is registered with an electrical self-certification scheme. It is essential that any switches/sockets installed externally have a suitable IP rating to ensure they are weatherproof. You are not allowed to leave any cables exposed either.

You will also need to inform your local authority’s Building Control Department and any modifications must comply with the latest IEE Wiring Regulations. Any new or replacement sockets or cables may need RCD protection.

If you are installing an external power point to be used for an outdoor hot tub or pool additional regulations apply, so you will need to check these before doing so, to ensure you are compliant.