How Bad Is It to Have an Open Ground on an Outlet?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Mar 25, 2020 8:54:07 PM ET

The risk of electric shock is increased if an outlet has an open ground, which can cause serious harm. An open ground also increases the risk of a power surge causing damage to the electronics plugged into it, so depending on what outlet is being used, the damage can be either minor or catastrophic. It is best to get an open ground fixed by a professional electrician as soon as damage occurs.