Many people use extension cords to bring power to devices and electronics that are too far from outlets. Even so, extension cords are only for temporary use and are not meant to be a permanent extension of your home’s electrical system. If you decide to use extension cords, experts recommend you take the following safety precautions.
Never Use Extension Cords Designed for Indoor Use Outside
If you need to use an extension cord outdoors, you must use one that is designed for outdoor use. Using extension cords that are designed for indoor use outside can pose significant dangers. Extension cords designed for indoor use are not designed to tolerate the elements, so they will rapidly deteriorate and increase the risk of electrical shocks and fires. Extension cords designed for outdoor use are waterproof, and they are built to tolerate the elements.
Do Not Run Extension Cords in Walkways
Running extension cords in walkways is a tripping hazard. Additionally, tripping over the extension cords can cause them to get yanked, and this will damage your outlet. Take care to never run extension cords across walkways.
Do Not Run Extension Cords Under Carpets
You may be tempted to run extension cords beneath the carpet so they are out of the way and do not cause tripping. However, running extension cords beneath the carpet is a bad idea because when extension cords are covered, they can become hot. The heat has nowhere else to go, and this can lead to a fire.
Only Use One Extension Cord Per Appliance or Electronic
Even if your extension cord has more than one outlet, it is best to only use it for one thing at a time. Using an extension cord for any more than that can cause the extension cord to overheat.
Do Not Use an Extension Cord in Place of Permanent Wiring
If you find that you are using extension cords frequently, this is a symptom of a larger problem: You do not have enough outlets to accommodate the number of electronics and devices you have. If you find this is the case for you, have an electrician come and install additional outlets. If you reside in an older home, rewiring may be necessary to accommodate the load you are placing on your home’s electrical system. Depending on how much rewiring is done and how many outlets you have installed, your electrical panel may need to be replaced to accommodate the load.
If you need to upgrade your electrical system or add more outlets to your home, do not hesitate to contact Comeaux Electrical Services. We will make sure your home’s electrical system can accommodate what you need. Lafayette, LA is vulnerable to storm surges that have the potential to lead to electrical fires and damage to your home’s electrical system. You can minimize risks and damages by following the recommendations to use extension cords properly when you do use them, and you can have the necessary upgrades made so you can eliminate their use altogether.