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How to Safely Use Extension Cords

‘Tis the season . . . In just a few weeks homes across the US will be celebrating Thanksgiving, a day of gratitude and the official sign that it is socially acceptable to put up your holiday decorations. Though no judgment from us if you have already started spreading the holiday joy through a little exterior illumination.

Whichever side of the holiday decor debate you fall on, you will most likely need to use extension cords to string up lights, inflate lawn decore, and trim your tree. To keep your home safe from injury and electrical fires, follow these simple tips.

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Extension cords are a fantastic invention, but it’s important to use them safely. Each year thousands of injuries and fires are the direct result of improper extension cord usage. Here are some extension cord safety tips and information.

First, never use a cord that is damaged. Don’t use a cord that is hot. Extension cords can overheat if what you have plugged in draws more current than the extension cord can carry.

And overheated cords can start fires.

Second, never use an inside rated extension cord outside. Inside rated extension cords have thinner jackets than outside cords, which have more durable jackets. It’s safe to use an outdoor extension cord inside, but using an indoor extension cord outside can lead to overheating and dangerous short circuits.

Next, keep extension cords out of high traffic areas like doorways or walkways where they can pose a tripping hazard. If you need to put a cord in a high traffic area, make it a temporary solution. This is particularly important if you ever have children or older people in your home.

If you use an extension cord on a regular basis, chances are you have too few outlets in your home. If you would like to add more outlets or prepare broken outlets, give us a call at (800) 947-1747. We would be happy to help you out.

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