Extension Cord Safety

Extension Cord Safety should be a priority when dealing with any type of electrical equipment. They are not intended to be used as permanent wiring solutions. Extension cords should never be strung through walls, ceilings, or floors and should never run through doorways or windows.

Extension cords should also not be bent sharply around corners, as this can damage the cord’s insulation, creating an electrical hazard. They should only be used for temporary purposes and unplugged when not in use.

Extreme cold can make even new extension cords brittle. Notice how the protective coating on this cord has cracked right through exposing the live wires. Check your extension cords every time you use them. Extension cords that are cracked, frayed, or show signs of wear should be discarded immediately.

Never overload

Never overload an extension cord by plugging in more than the recommended wattage of appliances. Extension cords should be rated for the total wattage being used. Extension cords should also never be used with space heaters as they draw large amounts of current and can easily cause a fire when overloaded.

Additionally, extension cords should always be checked for proper functioning before each use; frayed wires and cracked or damaged plugs must immediately be replaced. Extension cords should also never exceed their rated wattage capacity and they must never have multiple outlets plugged into one another to avoid overloads. Extension cords should also never be used outdoors in wet locations.

Always remember to use Extension Cord Safety and be aware of the risks associated with improper use. Extension cords can be a valuable tool when used correctly, but they pose a serious risk if not installed and handled properly. Taking these simple steps will help ensure safe operation of any electrical equipment used in your home or workplace.

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