26 May The Do’s and Don’ts Of Using Electrical Extension Cords
When you are using an electronic device and need to charge it, you look for the closest power point to plug it in. There are times when you just can”t find a plug point within easy reach; that’s when you look for an electrical extension cord and plug in the device you need to charge.
This is something most of us do as a matter of routine and we don’t give much thought to it. Extension cords are undoubtedly a very handy tool that solves some very basic charging problems. When there is a shortage of outlets or if an electronic device is just a little too far from the closest electrical point, these extension cords prove very useful.
However, it’s important to keep in view the fact that an extension cord isn’t meant to be a permanent electrical fixture; it’s to be used for a specific reason and it can be hazardous to use them incorrectly.
Things to avoid
Here, we talk about the different hazards of electrical extension cords and how they can be avoided:
- Avoid running these cords across the high traffic areas in your home or office. An extension cords that’s hanging or lying around the floor can become a tripping hazard. Aside from this, when someone trips on it, the sudden pull can easily pull down the device you have connected to that extension cord. Not only can this leave you with an injury (which can sometimes be very serious), but also damaged devices and a damaged electrical cord.
- It’s important that you don’t run these electrical cords under any rugs or furniture pieces. Many people feel these wires look ugly and attempt to hide them from view. However, if there is a build-up of heat in the electrical cord (which is more probable if the extension cord is old). Eventually this heat can cause the insulation to melt which could result in a fire. If you need to run an extension cord across a room, it’s better to get another outlet installed midway instead.
- Never mount extension cords using any staples or nails. There are times when people attempt to secure the extension cord to a wall to prevent it from hanging or becoming unplugged. However, staples or nails aren’t the right fittings to use as they can rip the insulation layer. If that happens, the electricity would just travel outside the protective rubber coating causing electrocution.
- Do not plug one extension cord into another in an attempt to extend their reach. Every electrical extension cord is built to reach a specific distance. When you plug one of them into another that reduces the electrical current and the gauge. This means you can be left with devices receiving insufficient power. It’s recommended that you use a much longer extension cable; the alternative is to install another outlet at a closer point.
- If you plan to use an electrical extension cable in an outdoor space, make sure you are using one that has an outdoor use rating. If you use a standard indoor use extension cord, in an alfresco area, it can become damaged quickly as it isn’t built to resist the elements.
- Even if the extension cord has more than one plug outlet, it’s never a good idea to overload it. Every electrical cord is built to withstand a certain load; and if you try to push it past its limit, that can cause power surges and damage your devices as well.
If you feel you are using an electrical extension cord too often for a device in a specific location in your house, consider getting additional electrical outlets installed there. For any questions about our electrical services, you can consult with our experts and they will provide you the best advice and quotes for all your electrical installation needs. You can call us at 1300 169 263 or write to us at this email address.
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