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What Are the Best Safety Practices for Using Extension Cords? 




What Are the Best Safety Practices for Using Extension Cords? 

Posted on:20 Feb, 2024 / Posted In: Electrical

Electricity is a fundamental aspect of our day-to-day lives. It powers our tools, appliances, and entertainment devices. However, it comes with risks if not handled properly. One common electrical device that requires careful handling is the extension cord. At Generator Technologies Inc., we believe in prioritizing safety and efficiency in all things electrical. Our team offers professional tips on the best safety practices for using extension cords so you can protect yourself and others.

Understanding the Risks of Improper Extension Cord Use

Extension cords can be incredibly useful, but they also present several potential hazards. Overloading or excessive use of extension cords can cause them to deteriorate, leading to dangerous shocks or fires. Tripping hazards are also a concern, as well as the risk of forcing plugs into incompatible outlets. By understanding these risks, steps can be taken to minimize their potential impact.

Choosing the Right Extension Cord for the Job

Not all extension cords are created equal. It’s important to select a cord that’s appropriate for the intended use. For instance, outdoor cords have insulation that protects against moisture, sunlight, and abrasion, making them unsuitable for indoor use due to the increased fire hazard and risk of electric shock.

Proper Handling and Storage of Extension Cords

The way an extension cord is handled and stored can significantly impact its lifespan and safety. Avoid damaging a cord’s insulation by ensuring your cords are not pinched in doors and windows or under heavy furniture. Never use a damaged extension cord, as this can pose a risk of electric shock and create a fire hazard.

Regular Maintenance and Inspection

Updating electrical equipment is important to ensuring your appliances continue running properly. Regularly checking your extension cords for signs of wear and tear is an essential part of maintaining safety. Look for frayed wires, damaged insulation, and any signs of overheating. If an extension cord shows any of these signs, it should be replaced immediately.

Understanding Wattage and Avoiding Overloads

One of the most common mistakes made with extension cords is overloading them. Each cord has a wattage rating, or the amount of electricity it can safely transmit. This rating must be greater than the appliance’s power requirement. If you plan to plug multiple appliances into a cord, add their wattages together to ensure they don’t exceed the cord’s rating.

Ultimately, safety should always be the top priority when working with electrical equipment. By understanding the risks involved with improper extension cord use and taking steps to minimize these risks, you can help prevent accidents and damage.

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