The dangers of electrical cords

extension-cords

As we head into the peak season for electrical cords, please keep these few safety tips in mind.

  1. Inspect cords and strings of lights for fraying, damaged insulation, broken bulbs, and bent prongs prior to use.  When in doubt, throw them out.  Make sure your cords are approved by an independent testing laboratory.
  2. If you are using cords for an outdoor Holiday display, make sure the cords are rated for outdoors.
  3. Before wrapping your tree with lights, make sure the male end/prongs of the light string is near the wall outlet.  Begin decorating from the top of tree with the female end.  Male-to-male adapters do not exist because they are illegal and would create a fire hazard.
  4. Never remove a cord’s grounding pin to make it fit into a two-prong outlet.  We carry adapters to convert a three-prong plug into a two-prong plug.
  5. Buy the correct length cord for the distance you need to cover.  Do not string together multiple extension cords by plugging them into each other.
  6. Don’t kink, bend or coil cords when they are in use.
  7. Immediately stop using cords that are hot to the touch and throw them away.  If possible, cut the ends off the cord, after unplugging it, so no one else can grab it from the trash and use it by mistake.
  8. Do not tape cords to the ground or staple them to the wall.
  9. Do not run cords where they will be stepped on, such as under rugs or furniture.
  10. Connect lights to a timer that will automatically shut them off while you are asleep.
  11. Lastly, if you find that you are using electrical cords on a more permanent basis, maybe its time to update your electrical outlets in your home.
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