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No matter where you go, if you’re looking to dig into your yard you’ve heard the phrase “ground wire”, but do you really know of and understand the details surrounding this term? This article outlines exactly what a ground wire is, how they affect your home, how they affect the earth and potential outcomes for ignoring the proper safety precautions surrounding them. It even provides you with an easy way to check your property for yourself and provides a recommendation for a safety inspector. Keep calm and stay safe!

Key Takeaways:

  • Electrical requirements for installing ground wires in the home were introduced in the 1960s that is why most modern homes have grounded outlets.
  • The earth below our feet has negative electrical charge and positive electrical charge is attracted to it. What a ground wire does is serve as a conduit.
  • We get surge of electricity in the home, sometimes due to the strike of lightning, but other times, due to the presence of large appliances.

“As the name implies, a ground wire is an electrical wire that extends into the ground below your home.”

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