Extension cords are valuable tools used in various settings and scenarios. You may use these cords to power objects or appliances even when you are not near an electrical outlet. On the other hand, extension cords come with their own set of safety regulations. If you disregard safety when using extension cords, you risk exposing yourself and your property to the possibility of suffering an electrical fire, for example. It is essential to consider the following safety considerations while using an extension cord to prevent unwanted issues.
Your Extension Cords Should Be Certified
Extension cords produced by reputable manufacturers are put through a battery of quality control and safety evaluations conducted by one or more accredited organizations to provide safety certifications. On the product label, an extension cord will always include the emblem of the testing organization if it has passed the inspection and certification processes required by a regulatory body. Only buy anything with these seals on it; otherwise, it still needs to be certified to satisfy the minimum requirements for safety.
Use The Right Sized Cord
When shopping for an extension cord, it is essential to consider both the gauge and the length of the cord. The measurement of the wire included within a cord is referred to as its gauge. When the gauge increases, the power that can be supplied also increases. You should get a longer cord if you want greater length or more power. It is hazardous to attempt to make a longer line by connecting many smaller extension cords since this creates a significant risk of starting a fire. Utilizing a cable that does not give sufficient power for the activity is another unsafe move.
You Should Never Modify An Extension Cord
Most cables include a spherical “grounding prong.” Avoid cutting that prong off your extension cable. This component prevents electrical faults and shocks. It would be best if you always remembered that extension cords are temporary fixes. Add outlets for continuous power. The helpful electricians at TriStar Electric electricians will be able to assist you with installing more electrical outlets in your home
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