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Electrical Cord Safety Dos and Don’ts

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Most of us are completely lost without the electrical appliances and gadgets that fill our homes and offices. We use them every day and are surrounded by them, so we don’t stop to think about how dangerous they can be. Electrical cord safety is important because a frayed or broken cord can easily start a fire.

This list of Do’s and Don’ts will help you maintain cord and fire safety in your home, so you can enjoy your devices securely for a long time.

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Electrical Cord Safety Dos and Don’ts

DO use extension cords only when absolutely necessary. It’s better to plug items directly into outlets, so try to arrange items so they are as close to outlets as possible.

DON’T connect a series of shorter extension cords together. This can be extremely hazardous and raises the risk of fire. If you need a longer cord, there are many sizes available on the market, even going up to 100 feet long.

DO inspect cords on a regular basis for signs of fraying and wear. Damaged cords can lead to fires. Throw away frayed or broken cords; replacements for any cord are available online and even a pricey cord is less expensive than the insurance deductible for a house fire.

DON’T leave cords dangling where people can trip over them and hurt themselves. This is also important if you have a puppy who loves to chew things. Not only will the cord be damaged, but a puppy could be hurt by chewing a cord that’s plugged into an outlet.

DO check the maximum capacity of cords and be sure to stay within that range. Going beyond the maximum capacity can blow fuses or start a fire.

DON’T nail or staple cords to walls or other items. The nails or staples can penetrate the coating of the wires and cause a short circuit, which can lead to a fire.

DO avoid overcrowding outlets by using Bluetooth technology. A printer plugged into an outlet on one wall can be connected to a computer plugged in across the room via Bluetooth without resorting to power strips or extension cords.

DON’T stretch extension cords across job sites. They can be damaged by chemicals, tires, feet, and water. A construction worker who trips over a cord on a job site can be injured more seriously than an office worker who trips over a cord in a business. Many construction tools have cordless versions with heavy-duty batteries that eliminate the need for cumbersome cords.

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Electrical Cord

DO keep cords neatly organized and out of the way with approved ties or cord bundling devices. Consider labeling the ties or devices as you go, so you won’t have to play “trace the cord” when you want to unplug a game system or DVD player from the TV.

DON’T plug extension cords into surge protectors. Extension cords can get hot quickly, especially if other plugs are in the nearby outlets. Be sure to use an extension cord that is long enough for the job every time. It’s a good idea to invest in a few different sizes so the right one is always on hand. Extension cords are relatively inexpensive and can be found at hardware and big box stores, as well as online. It’s a small price to pay for extension cord safety.

Electrical cord safety is mostly common sense, along with a few minutes of inspection when using an electrical device. This way, any fraying or breakage is discovered immediately so a repair or replacement can be made quickly. Checking devices whenever you use them is probably the easiest way to practice fire safety at home or at work. 

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