In fact, there are many safety rules that should be observed when using extension cords in Waynesburg. To help prevent electronic shock, fires, and other problems, the pros at Beck Electric, Generators & Plumbing want you to keep the following safety tips in mind.
Always Inspect the Cord
Before you use an extension cord, it’s important to inspect it from end to end. You need to check for any missing insulation and exposed wires since these could put you at risk for electric shock. It’s also a good idea to inspect the ends of the extension cord.
On the male end, you’ll want to make sure that no prongs are missing or bent. On the female end, make sure that none of the holes are filled with dirt, dust, or anything else that could impede the flow of electricity.
Given the size of many extension cords, it can be easy to forget that they have a limit in terms of how much power they can provide. Beck Electric, Generators & Plumbing reminds you that it is important to carefully inspect your cord to find how many amps it’s rated for so that you don’t overload the cord at any point during its use.
If you use a cord for a prolonged period above its duty limits, you put yourself at a very real risk of fire. If nothing else, you’ll likely notice that the devices plugged into your cord don’t operate correctly because they aren’t receiving the required amount of power.
Find the Right Length
The length of a given extension cord is of utmost importance. For starters, it’s best if you can run a single extension cord to where it’s needed instead of daisy-chaining multiple extension cords. If you do use a longer cord, it may be best to upgrade to a larger-gauge cord to ensure that you get enough power for the devices you plan to use.
A 10-gauge cord, for example, provides less impedance to electricity than a 14-gauge cord. This means you can operate more power-hungry devices at a greater distance from the outlet if you’re willing to spend extra money to upgrade your extension cord.
Be Mindful of Pressure
Speaking of impedance, it’s important that you don’t impede the flow of electricity through your extension cords by placing excess pressure at certain points along the cord. This means that you shouldn’t use staples to secure an extension cord since each staple could cause excess impedance on the cord.
When you’re routing your extension cord, make sure that it’s not in an area where it could end up under the leg of a table, couch, or another heavy object as this could also cause significant impedance. If the cord is in a location where cars might run over it, make sure to use a drive-over cable protector to prevent excess impedance and damage to the cord.
Stay Protected From Shock
When using an extension cord outside, there are a few extra safety tips that Beck Electric, Generators & Plumbing wants you to remember. First, make sure that the cord is plugged into a GFCI outlet. This will provide an additional layer of protection if any type of moisture comes into contact with the cord at either end.
Additionally, make sure that you’re using a cord that’s specifically designed to be used outside. The extra insulation on a cord rated for outdoor use will help protect it against small nicks from twigs, rocks, and other obstructions that are often found outside. Finally, make sure to use a brightly colored cord so that you don’t accidentally run over it with lawn equipment.
Your Partners in Safety
At Beck Electric, Generators & Plumbing, your safety is always our first priority. Whether we’re installing a backup generator for your home, performing repairs on your breaker box, or outfitting your home with a new charging station for your electric vehicle, you can expect us to do so in a manner that meets all local building codes and keeps your safety at the forefront.
With more than 10 years of experience, you can be confident that we’ll do quality work, and this promise is backed up by our host of five-star customer reviews. If you’re in need of electrical work for your home or business, feel free to contact the professionals at Beck Electric, Generators & Plumbing today.