Local electrical engineers in Myrtle Beach and professional electricians agree that the use of electrical cords can be both beneficial and harmful, especially if they are misused and abused. Extension cords make it easier when you need to plug something from your garage, lawn or backyard. Despite this, however, home owners should know how to properly use extension cords to prevent electrical damage and accidents, including fire.
What homeowners should know about electrical cords
Electrical cords are specifically developed to provide convenience when you need additional sockets. They are made for temporary use only and should not be used as a permanent replacement to electrical sockets. Aside from this, despite serving a beneficial purpose, extension cords are still considered plug-in devices. Thus, they do not have the same protection as that of your main electrical system throughout the house. This is why, Myrtle Beach electrical engineers strongly advise against using extension cords for long hours, however thick their wire is and however high their safety rating is.
No matter how durable they seem to have been manufactured, extension cords can get easily wear out with repeated and longer use. Continuing to use them despite their worn out condition may result in dire consequences and may put you and your family’s safety at risk.
Helpful tips for more effective and safer use of electrical cords
If you are using an extension cord, it is important that you learn about the following do’s and don’ts to help use it more effectively and safely.
1. Electrical cords should be run on dry ground. They should not be used in wet and moist places.
2. Always comply with the recommended power load rating that is indicated in the extension cord. Do not attempt to plug in an appliance that requires a higher power load.
3. Keep in mind that the cord releases heat due to the continuous flow of current. Thus, it should not be covered in any way so the heat can freely dissipate. If left covered, the heat may accumulate and cause a fire hazard.
4. If you need to plug in a high-load appliance or equipment such as a power tool that you need to use for a project you are completing in the garage, you need to use one long extension cord. Also, these types of appliances, equipment and devices should not share an extension cord with two or more other appliances.
5. Avoid connecting one or more extension cords together just to reach the area where you need additional sockets. If you do not have an extension cord that is long enough for your needs, it might be wise to invest in some.
6. If you notice signs of wear and tear on your extension cord, it will be wise to refrain from using and dispose of them properly, instead. Signs of wear and tear include cords that are fraying and wires that have become loose or exposed.
7. When undergoing additions or renovations to your house, opt to have your electrical engineer install an upgraded control panel instead of using extension cords for your additional need of electricity.
If you notice an increased need for extension cords, it is time to call in your local electrician and plan for an electrical system upgrade. Remember that extension cords are made for temporary use only. If you are using several of them for long periods of time, it means your electrical system is no longer able to supply your increasing needs and demands. Thus, you will have to go through an update in order to make your electrical system more durable and effective.
For professional assistance with your electrical system upgrade, call MB Electrician Pros now and speak with their electrical engineer.
MB Electrician Pros
5335 N. Kings Hwy #211
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577