How to Safely Use Extension Cords

Posted October 23, 2014

Extension cords are a fantastic invention. But it's important to use them safely. Each year thousands of accidents result from improper extension cord usage. Here are some extension cord safety tips and information. 1. Don't use a cord that feels hot. Extension cords can overheat if the appliance you have plugged in draws more current than the cord can carry. Overheated cords can start fires. 2. Never use an inside rated extension cord outside. Outside rated cords have thinner jackets than outside cords. It's safe to use an outdoor rated extension cord inside. 3. Keep extension cords out of high traffic areas like doorways or walkways where it can pose a tripping hazard. If you need to use an extension cord in a high traffic area, make it a temporary solution. If you find it necessary to use extension cords on a regular basis, chances are you have too few outlets in your home. If you need more outlets or have broken outlets that need repair, call ABC Plumbing, Sewer, Heating, Cooling and Electric, we'll be happy to help you out.

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