Today, we want to talk to you and remind about electrical extension cords use and the hazards that they can potentially involve or create when used improperly. Too often, people just grab the extension cord, plug it in and think everything else is good-to-go.
Often that is not the case! It is important to use an extension cord properly and one that is in good condition, but it is just as important to use them in the manner they are designed and keep them organized. It is estimated that nearly half of all injuries associated with electrical cords are not from being shocked, but from injuries occurring from by people tripping over extension cords.
Below are some tips we can all use when working with extension cords:
- Use extension cords only when necessary and only on a temporary basis. Do not use extension cords in place of permanent wiring.
- Do not remove the prongs of an electrical plug. If plug prongs are missing, loose, or bent, replace the entire plug.
- Do not use an adapter or extension cord to defeat a standard grounding device. (e.g., Only place three-prong plugs in three-prong outlets; do not alter them to fit in a two-prong outlet.)
- Use extension cords that are the correct size or rating for the equipment in use. The diameter of the extension cord should be the same or greater than the cord of the equipment in use.
- Only use cords rated for outdoor use when using a cord outside.
- Do not run cords above ceiling tiles or through walls.
- Keep electrical cords away from areas where they may be pinched and areas where they may pose a tripping or fire hazard (e.g., doorways, walkways, under carpet, etc.).
- Always inspect the cord prior to use to ensure the insulation isn’t cut or damaged. Discard damaged cords, cords that become hot, or cords with exposed wiring.
- Never unplug an extension cord by pulling on the cord; pull on the plug.
- In locations where equipment may be pushed against an extension cord where the cord joins the plug, use a special “angle extension cord” specifically designed for use in these instances.
As always, make sure you are checking all areas for additional hazards and potential risks. Muth Electric is here for all of your electrical needs and to aide you in working safely at all times.