Do you have more electric appliances than you have sockets? Are you solving this issue by overloading your extension cords? With the holidays coming up, it is time to trim the tree and deck the halls but keeping your loved ones safe is a top priority. Here are some tips to keep in mind as you celebrate the holidays the most festive ways possible:
- When buying cords, look for those tested and approved.
- Don’t overload extension cords with too many appliances – check the maximum capacity guidelines.
- Plug major appliances directly into a wall outlet.
- Fully insert all plugs into the outlet.
- Unplug cords when you’re not using them.
- Don’t use extension cords as permanent wiring.
- Avoid running cords through water or snow to avoid the high risk of electric shock.
- Don’t run cords through ceilings, walls, doorways, or under carpets.
- Keep cords out of the way to prevent tripping.
- If you use too many extension cords, consider installing more outlets.
- Avoid chaining multiple extension cords.
- Never use indoor extension cords outdoors. Only use the cords marked for outdoor use.
- If a cord heats up or is damaged in any way, discard it.
- Always use cords with polarized and/or three-prong plugs or force a fit.
- When using cord-bundling devices, such as spiral wire wrap, avoid cramming cords together to prevent damaging the cord’s insulation.
- Never use staples or nails to attach cords to a surface to avoid damaging the insulation.
It is important that you design a fire escape plan in case any accidental fires arise. Having smoke detectors and fire extinguishers will also be beneficial. Having these simple things in place will not only prevent property damage but will also keep you calm if there ever was an emergency.
For more information about extension cord safety, call CJ Suppression at 888-821-2334 or visit the website at www.cjsuppression.com.
CJ Suppression proudly serves Corona, CA and all surrounding areas.