Extension cords can be a lifesaver when you need to plug in a few appliances at once, but they can also be dangerous if not used correctly. When used incorrectly, extension cords can create fire hazards and potential electrical shock.
In this blog post, Zar Electric will discuss extension cord safety tips for homeowners. Follow these tips to help keep your family safe from potential electrical hazards!
Choose the Right Extension Cord
One important safety tip is to choose the right extension cord for the job. Make sure that the cord is rated for the wattage of the appliance or devices that you'll be plugging into it. Using a cord that is not rated for the proper wattage can cause it to overheat and start a fire.
Never Run Extension Cords Underneath Carpets or Rugs
Another safety tip is to never run extension cords underneath carpets or rugs. The heat generated by the electrical current running through the cord can cause it to melt, which could start a fire. If you must use an extension cord in an area where there is carpeting, make sure to lift up the rug and keep it out of the extension cord’s way while it’s in use.
Don’t Rely on an Extension Cord to Run Multiple Appliances at Once
Never use an extension cord to run multiple appliances at once. This can overload the cord,cause it to overheat, and potentially trip a breaker. If you need to use multiple appliances, plug them into different outlets or use a power strip with its own built-in circuit breaker.
Keep Extension Cords Indoors
Always keep extension cords for indoor use inside your home. If you must use an extension cord outdoors, make sure to get one that is specifically made for outdoor use.
Don’t Tape Extension Cords to the Floor
Finally, never tape extension cords to the floor. This could create a tripping hazard and also damage the cord over time. Additionally, if you or someone you live with is elderly or uses a wheelchair to get around the house, extension cords that are left on the floor can be very dangerous. If you need to secure an extension cord, use cord clips instead of tape, and make sure everyone in the household is aware of the extension cord’s location.
By following these simple tips, you’ll be able to safely use extension cords at home without having to worry. If you’re looking for additional electrical safety tips, Zar Electric is here to help. Give us a call at (919) 200-6551 or fill out our online contact form to speak with one of our team members today!