Extension Cord Safety

Throwing a party and need some extra power outside or maybe you just need to hook up lawn equipment for yard work this summer? Whatever the case may be, usually an extension cord or three will be in use. It’s important to do it the right way for a number of reasons, which we cover in this month’s blog.

  • First off, it’s important to store your extension cords in a safe, dry place between uses. Keep them coiled properly and preferably hung away from moisture or tucked away in a drawer. Before plugging them in for use, check for dampness or damage like split cords or general wear and tear. See a problem? It might be time to replace it with a new one.
  • Keep your cords cool. When using the cords be sure they are tucked away or kept cool, while heat is generated through them. No tucking them under rugs, in walls etc. If they feel hot to the touch, it’s time to unplug them and stop use.
  • It’s important to remember that extension cords are not a permanent power solution. They are a temporary use solution and should never be part of a long-term source of electricity, especially for major appliances.
  • Try to use a bright colored cord to avoid tripping hazards and even forgetting that an extension cord is in use. They come in many colors and sizes and you should find one suitable for your task.

Happy extension cording!