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What You Need To Know About Extension Cord Safety

What You Need To Know About Extension Cord Safety

Is your cord running short of reaching the nearest outlet? Finding it hard to charge your laptop while sitting in the comfort of your bed? Do you dash to your supplies to get an extension cord? Extension cords are a blessing, but it is important that they are used properly so that they don’t become a hazard.. 

Irrespective of the quality and rating of extension cords, it’s not recommended to use them for an extended period. Over time, the extension cord usually deteriorates and increases the chances of potential hazard or damage due to shock or short circuit. Cords are extremely important as long as you have properly installed outlets at required spots. If you don’t have enough plugs, then their usage becomes inevitable; so you may need to install more power outlets. 

So, it’s mandatory to follow the safety standards in order to use them properly. Let’s discuss a few safety tips that will make your life safe and easier.

Safety Measures for Hassle-Free Usage

  • Never overload extension cords beyond their capacity
  • Don’t plug one extension cord into another one. Also, avoid contact with any moisture or water, or snow
  • Avoid their passage under carpets, doors, or windows. If the cord becomes overheated, it might cause fire 
  • Never force the plug into an outlet where it doesn’t fit perfectly. Especially, don’t push the three legs to plug into a two plug outlet by cutting the earth plug. If done , it might result in an electrical shock 
  • Only buy electric cords approved by independent testing 
  • Don’t use one extension cord for more than one appliance at once
  • Every appliance has a wattage written on it. Match it to the extension cord wattage rating. If extension cord wattage is lower, then don’t plug a higher wattage  appliance into it
  • Never use a cord if there’s a damaged part or your extension cord is getting hot. It does not take much to feel a  shock 
  • Always prefer extension cords with polarized or/and three-prong plugs
  • Don’t use an extension cord as a permanent alternate for basic wiring   

Extension Cord Length with Amperage Limits

Different extension cords come with different length and gauges. Each gauge stands for particular amperage limits as:

25 – 50 Ft Extension Cords Length

  • 12-10 Gauge (16-20 Amps)
  • 14 Gauge (14-15 Amps)
  • 16 Gauge(1-13 Amps)

100 Ft Extension Cords Length 

  • 10 Gauge (16-20 Amps)
  • 12 Gauge (14-15 Amps)
  • 14 Gauge (11-13 Amps)
  • 16 Gauge (1-10 Amps)

150 Ft Extension Cords Length 

  • 10 Gauge (11-15 Amps)
  • 12 Gauge (8-10 Amps)
  • 14 Gauge (1-7 Amps)

The Bottom Line

Extension cords are extremely useful as long as they are used in compliance with safety standards. These are temporary alternates and shouldn’t be used over a long period as they might cause problems. If their use is inevitable and you encounter any problems, consult an electrician for proper and timely electrical repair. If you need electrical service or want to install an adequate wiring mechanism, feel free to contact our expert technicians to get immediate assistance.

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