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Extension Cord Safety

plugging in extension cord

It is estimated that around 3,300 house fires a year are a result of poor extension cord etiquette. Most cases are easily preventable with proper safety precautions. In this article, we will be showcasing these precautions so you and your loved ones can stay safe while using extension cords.

Before Using

Be sure to inspect the cord for any cuts, frays or kinks. Oftentimes, these will cause the cord to spark and result in a fire. Furthermore, you want to make sure the extension cord is the correct length for the job. Never connect two cords together as this can result in a power failure. Lastly, when connecting the cord, make sure the prongs fit with the outlet. Do not alter or remove any prongs as you will run the risk of accidentally electrocuting yourself.

While Using

While using the extension cord, keep it away from any water, snow, or ice as this could result in a short circuit. You never want to nail or staple the cord to anything as this could damage the wire. When finished, safely remove the cord by the base of the plug. Do not pull on the cord itself as you could both damage the wire as well as the prongs.

After Using

When putting up the extension cord, it’s a good idea to loosely roll up the cord to avoid any kinks. Place the cord in a dry environment that is easily accessible and be sure to let it cool off, as it can get quite hot. Of course if you have any electrical concerns, be sure to give us a call at (210) 899-2430 and we can answer any questions you may have!