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Improving the Safety of Your Extension Cords

Extension cords are effective only if you use them safely. Each year, thousands of people are treated for injuries related to the improper use of extension cords. The following are common tips for using cords safely.

Avoid Walkways

Avoid laying extension cords down on walkways where you know people are walking by. Their shoes will scuff against the cords, causing them to break open and become permanently damaged.

Tape Damaged Parts

When one part of the cord is damaged, there’s no need to replace it entirely. Tape the broken or exposed parts using strong duct or electrical tape. This step reduces the risks of being shocked or burned by touching the damaged parts. In addition, damaged cords lose electricity and wear out more quickly over time.

Be Careful When Dragging Cords

Where you drag the cord also determines how abraded it becomes over time. Take note of where and how you drag the cord through the yard, across the ground, in the house, and other places. Dragging the cord through a garden causes more damage than dragging it across indoor carpets.

Choose a Strong Cord

The types of extension cords are distinguished by their lengths, widths and the types of materials used. In addition to the amperage rating, look for a product that is specially designed for indoor or outdoor use. Looking at the cord and feeling its texture helps you know if it’s efficient. A thicker cord is more suitable for rough outdoor environments.

Use Multiple Cords

Indoor cords are not to be used outdoors, but outdoor cords can be used in any setting. In Conway, some people use smaller cords for household projects and heavier cords for everyday use either indoors or outdoors. A longer cord also reduces the amount of power and can make the electrical work more difficult.

Do Not Use Irreparable Cords

There is no expiration date for any electrical device, so users should know when it’s time to replace an extension cord. In any situation, avoid using cords with parts that are broken, burned, exposed, or damaged beyond repair. The cord will not deliver the amount of power that you want, and the work may take longer and become more difficult than necessary.

Unplug Cords

Always keep the cords unplugged in case of power surges. Increased electrical damages or a higher electricity bill may occur to cords that are never removed.

A damaged electrical cord is dangerous to your health and destructive to your property. You could waste money on an electric bill, destroy electrical appliances, and cause irreparable damage to yourself. With the help of Money Electric, use your extension cords correctly to stay safe and ensure that your project runs as smoothly as possible. Call our providers in Conway to find out more about our electrical services.