14 Oct Electrical Cord Safety Tips Around the Home
Electricity is something we can’t manage without, but it’s crucial to take due care while using it. When it comes to electrical safety, you can never be too careful, and it’s important to ensure that the electrical systems, wiring, fixtures and fittings in your home have been installed by a licensed and insured electrician.
The same level of care has to be maintained when you are using any electrical appliance and you must ensure that you don’t overload the system while operating any of them. It’s very common for people to use extension cords in their homes and not many property owners feel these electrical accessories should be included in their safety checklist.
Electrical safety tips
If an extension cord is used continuously under the wrong conditions, it can potentially lead to electrical shock or even an electrical fire. We have put together a few extension cord safety tips:
- Don’t use any extension cords in place of permanent wiring.
- Never run these cords through walls, ceilings or under floors. If the cord is placed in an area with a reduced airflow, or is covered, that can build-up the heat and cause an electrical fire.
- Never connect more than one appliance to a single extension cord.
- Don’t attach the cords to flooring or walls; with nails and staples- this can damage the wires within the cord.
- Don’t run the cord anywhere along aisles or doorways as they can become damaged or cause tripping.
- If you have to use an extension cord in an area where there is too much heat/water, ensure you get one that’s compatible for those conditions.
- Ensure you completely uncoil the cord before using it; that will prevent it from heating up.
- Don’t forget to unplug the cord when it’s not in use.
- Never use a cord that feels hot or one that’s damaged.
- If the cord has a third ground prong, don’t try to force that plug into any 2-prong power outlet.
The other important thing you should keep in mind is that you should never join two or more extension cords together. This can be very dangerous because that can cause a drop in the voltage in the cords; this reduces the effectiveness of the circuit breakers and safety switches in your home; in turn, this can result in an overload.
Things to remember
If this occurs, the strength of the actual current that’s flowing in the cords can damage appliances which can create a fire hazard & potentially cause electrocution. While an extension cord can be quite helpful in effectively delivering power to points where you need it; never forget that using an extension cord is just a temporary measure and shouldn’t be used to provide permanent power.
Some would argue and say that they have been using extension cords for years without any trouble; however, that doesn’t really mean it won’t compromise the electrical safety in your home, when you plug it in the next time. If you find you are using too many extension cords around your home, it’s an indication that there aren’t enough power outlets in your home, to cover your needs.
It’s best to call in an electrician, discuss your electrical requirements and get them to assess whether the existing installations meet them. For more information, simply speak with the experts at Allround Electrical and take their advice on various aspects of CBUS installations. The number to call is – 1300 169 263. You can also write to us at this email address.
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