With so much to do at home mainly during the festive season, it’s easy to fall back on the safety rules revolving around electricity. It gets even worse if children get involved in one of the accidents.
On the bright side, electricity extension cords have become easier to manage these days. And it all boils down to purchasing the right ones for the right job for you to enjoy its full benefits.
Here are fire safety tips for using electrical extension cords safely during the holidays.
It may seem too obvious, but sometimes we tend to overload our extensions using the extension cord plug the wrong way. Electrical extensions are meant to make life easier for us rather than endanger it. The following tips should alert you when your electrical extension is on the verge of an overload:
- The smell of burning plastic: Waste no time in finding out where this smell is coming from, especially if your electrical extension cord is on. Please turn it off as soon as this smell reaches your nose.
- Smoke from an appliance: Pay attention, especially when the smoke comes from a plug as well. Please turn it off and call a licensed and professional electrician at your earliest convenience.
- Marks of scorching or blackness around a plug, socket, or even the appliance itself. Desist from using the same plug or socket once you notice these alarming signs.
- The leads may be damaged or frayed, sending you the obvious warning signs that your electrical extension is in danger.
- When the plastics on the casings of the appliance appear to be melted.
Be on the regular lookout for each of these signs to avoid sudden fire incidents.
You can avoid overloading your electrical extension cord in these ways:
- Check the rating of the electrical current on your extension lead first before plugging it in. Refer to the manufacturer’s instructions first before proceeding to use it.
- Avoid plugging in all the electrical appliances that will go past the required current when combined. The result of this hazardous move would be an overheated socket, which would, in turn, cause a raging inferno.
- Use only one extension lead on your socket at a time. As much as possible, avoid plugging one extension lead on top of another.
Avoid Using a Damaged Cord
When purchasing an electrical extension cord, ensure that it’s brand new and that no one has tampered with the safety seals. Buying a second-hand cable is a recipe for disaster.
It’s even worse when it’s strategically covered in duct tape in the damaged area. The fact that it works doesn’t make it safe for use at home or anywhere for that matter.
Worse still, using such an extension cord will only be a violation of the safety rules put in place by the relevant authorities. Stay away from an electrician who conducts repairs on extension cords by sealing the damaged part using duct tape.
A certified electrician is aware of the conventional method of fixing such damage. He only cuts the affected part and professionally replaces it with a brand new end to get it up and to run.
The cord will be shorter but safer to use at home. Once this kind of repair is done, take proper care of your line by having it installed in safer areas around your home.
Stay Away From Metallic Staples and Nails
Avoid attaching your electrical extension cords to your walls using metallic staples and nails. It is easier to damage your cords this way since their outer covering is made of a softer jacket, which may be overly flexible.
Get in touch with a professional electrician who will use safer ways and means to install the cords without endangering your household. The impact of using nails and staples may not be visible immediately, but the outer covering will eventually wear out.
That’s not all; even something seemingly harmless such as bending will be just as risky. The installation process is a quick and straightforward one when you have tuck pins somewhere at home.
Tuck pins are safer and easier to use since you won’t have to pin the cords to the wall for the installation process to be complete. However, you’ll still need professional help if you’ve never conducted such an exercise before.
This is one of the easiest ways to have your cords damaged. Mount your electrical extension cords and install them strategically on the wall where you won’t trip over them or other serious damages.
Avoid Running Them Under Rugs
Avoid the doorways as well since these are key places at home that are always in use. Only the cords in the same room where you need to use a specific appliance.
Laying the extension cords across the room only makes it worse since it’s a vulnerable point. Lay them on the edges where it would be almost impossible to get closer to them.
Electrical extension cords are quite helpful when you handle them with care. Thanks to credible sources, it’s easier to get informed on the dos and don’ts of the same and following each of them to the letter.