Extension cords can seem like an easy solution when needing to power devices and lights, but there are many hazards that come along with it.
Why Extension Cords Are Dangerous
Besides the cords disconnecting and losing power, there are many different problems and hazards that can occur when connecting extension cords to each other or other devices.
When your home or business does not have enough outlets, it is usually not built to carry the electrical load you are needing to supply. This can cause a breaker to fail or trip.
There is also always the danger of starting a fire if the cord is old, overheating, or covered by furniture.
When you choose to connect extension cords it can be a trip hazard, even if they are in plain sight.
Using an extension cord in any instance should not be the first solution. If you need more outlets or upgrades, consider calling a professional electrician in your area to make sure the work is up to code and safe for you and your family to use.
When you choose to use an extension cord, consider these important safety tips.
Avoid powering multiple appliances with one cord, it can wear out or overload the cord.
Never use indoor extension cords outdoors.
Keep wires away from children.
Don't plug multiple cords together to supply power to more items.
Don't run extension cords under furniture, towels, rugs or sheets, they can overheat and start a fire.
Never tape extension cords to floors or attach them to surfaces with staples or nails, this can damage wires.
Don't bend or coil cords when they're in use, this can damage the wires and possibly electrocute you.
Stop using extension cords that feel hot to the touch.
Always store cords indoors in a safe place away from children.
Unplug extension cords when they're not in use.
Throw away damaged cords.
Knowledge of safety protocol with extension cords is important when using them. It can damage your home system and electrocute you if you are not careful.
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