Extension Cord Safety Tips

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If you haven’t positioned electrical outlets yet, you are most likely to use electrical extension cords around your house. But there are people who don’t understand the havoc a wrong extension cord can create. Every year severe accidents take place because of electrical cords. They are the most dangerous electrical devices in our house because of improper and overloaded power cord usage. A lot of residential fires have taken place due to wrong extension cords. So it is essential to buy the right one and keep your house a safe place to live in.

SELECTION

Purchase only those cords that have been approved by an independent testing laboratory. Always be careful about outdoor projects, there are separate cables for outdoor use. Good cables come with the right instruction, read them properly before using them. Understand the amount of power that can be drawn. Any excess usage can lead to a lot of mishaps. Select cords that are rated to handle the wattage of the devices with which they’ll be used. A cord’s gauge indicates the same, if the number is small then the electrical cord can handle the more electric flow. Also, the length too must be considered. Long cords are not very useful as they cannot handle so much of electrical current, so you can opt for short cords with the same gauge. Cords with polarized or three-prong plugs are the most suitable ones. If you have large appliances then go for a thick round with low gauge extension cord while for small appliances, you can choose thin or flat cords.

USE

Never remove an extension cord’s grounding pin to make it fit a two-pronged outlet. Never use multiple electric appliances with a single cord. Always keep Indoor and outdoor extension cord separately. Also never use multiple cords together. Never try to cover extension cord or brush it under a piece of furniture or carpet to make your house look neat and tidy. Try not to bend the cord while using it. Cover naked cord receptacles with childproof covers. If you feel any sort of heat problem in the cord, stop using it right away.

CARE

Extension cords can be very dangerous so it should be handled with care especially if you have a child at home. Always keep them indoors and unplug them if they are not in use. Always make sure to get rid of the damaged extension cords. Remember more is not always better. The longer the cord, the less power is delivered. So, keep it short and never try to reuse the same cord twice after any damage. Last but not least, when you disconnect from the outlet, pull the plug and not the cord as it may result in sparks and shocks.

Extension cords are temporary wiring solutions. Don’t use them on a permanent basis. Upgrade your electrical system as and when you have the required budget. Always try to exercise caution while using an extension cord. Never use appliances that consume too much of power as your extension cord might not be able to handle it. Please make it a point to read these safety tips before using an extension cord.

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