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Electrical / January 14, 2022
It can be so frustrating when you need to plug in an electrical device and find that it doesn’t reach the wall socket, either because the cord is too short or the outlet is too far away. An extension cord can provide a short-term solution. Unfortunately, however, some homeowners rely on extension cords on a permanent basis, and that can be potentially dangerous. An electrician in Calgary can offer a better long-term solution. In the meantime, here are some tips on the safe and proper use of extension cords.
Improper use of extension cords can cause them to overheat. When this happens, it can start a fire. In fact, extension cords are responsible for thousands of house fires, resulting in hundreds of injuries and deaths, on a yearly basis.
Extension cords can be dangerous in other ways as well. They can pose a tripping hazard, especially if they stretch across an established foot traffic route, such as a hallway. If the wires are exposed due to cord damage, it could produce an electric shock if you come into contact with them.
If extension cords are used properly, they are less likely to pose a fire risk or a tripping hazard. Here are some things you can do to use them safely:
Whatever type of extension cord you choose, make sure it has been tested for safety hazards and approved by an independent testing laboratory. Most extension cords have a UL stamp indicating that they have been evaluated by Underwriter’s Laboratory. Be sure the extension cord is rated for the use that you intend for it, e.g., indoors versus outdoors, and is the proper length.
When extension cords are not in use, they should be unplugged and stored indoors, preferably somewhere safe from rodents and out of the walkways so people do not trip over them. You can help prevent damage to the extension cord that could expose wires or loosen the connections by grasping the plug to pull it out of the socket rather than pulling on the cord itself. Dispose of any extension cords that are damaged.
It is only recommended to use an extension cord in the same place for up to 90 days. A more permanent solution is to have new outlets installed where you need them so that you no longer need an extension cord to be able to reach them. Handyman Connection performs complicated home improvements from electrical work to bathroom renovations. Find out more about the services we offer in Calgary.