Extension cord safety.
Extension cord safety is an important, and often overlooked, aspect of home safety. Many, if not all, of the potential hazzards that an extension cord can create come from improperly using it. As such, extension cord safety starts with knowing what not to do.
Firstly, always inspect an extension cord before use – look for frayed or damaged wiring. The state of the cord is important, as a damaged cord can lead to electrical shocks, sparks, or excess heat which can cause a fire hazard in your home.
Do not pinched, bent, twisted or stretched extension cords beyond their design capabilities, as it can damage the wiring. Stapling the cords to walls or woodwork
can also damage the cord.
Always check the wattage rating on the extension cord before use to ensure that you are using the cord for its intended purpose. This is because you can overload the cord, which can damage it or potentially your home.
Appliances such as space heaters, air conditioners, refrigerators, freezers or other large
appliances commonly require more power than what an extension cord can safely provide.
Do not place electrical cords under throw rugs or carpeting, as walking over them can cause unseen damage to the cords. Additionally, keep them away from any type of water or moisture, and should never be used outdoors unless they are explicitly designed for outdoor use.
Lastly, extension cords should only be used on a temporary basis, and should always be unplugged when not in use. It’s easier than you would think to overload an extension cord by plugging to many devices into it!. If additional outlets are needed, have an electrician install them.
Extension cords are a great tool when used correctly and safely. So remember, never use an extension cord if it is damaged or frayed. Always plug into outlets that have ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs). Do not exceed wattage ratings, properly store them after each use, and above all else – stay safe!
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