Pull the Plug on Cord Hazards
Article was added on Monday, November 30, 2015
63% of respondents from a
recent holiday survey plan on using one or more extension cords
this holiday season. "Pull the Plug on Cord
Hazards this holiday season with these tips from ESFI
It's likely that when you think of cords, your main
concern is hiding them from view in your holiday
decorations. However, cords of all kinds need to be properly
inspected, used and stored to reduce your risk of a
fire. Follow these tips to help you keep cords out of sight
but also safely on your mind.
- When using an extension cord, select a cord that is long enough
to meet your needs. Never attempt to extend the length of an
extension cord by connecting it with another extension cord.
- Check that all electrical items, including extension cords, are
certified by a nationally recognized independent testing lab, such
as Underwriters Laboratories (UL), Intertek (ETL), or Canadian
Standards Association (CSA).
- Extension cords should only be used on a temporary basis.
- Do not place power cords and extension cords in high traffic
areas or under carpets, rugs or furniture.
- Be sure it is not placed at an angle or position in way that
pinches the cord.
- Never nail or staple cords to the wall or baseboard which can
damage the wire insulation.
- Never remove the ground pin (the third prong) to make a
three-prong plug fit a two-prong outlet.
- Make sure extension cords are properly rated for their intended
use, indoor or outdoor, and meet or exceed the power needs of the
item being used.
- Do not run extension cords through walls or ceilings. This may
cause the cord to overheat, creating a fire hazard.
- Insert plugs fully so that no part of the prongs is exposed
when the extension cord is in use.
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