Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Electrical Cord Safety Tips

Thinking about cutting corners by using extension cords as a substitute for repairing a building’s wiring? DON’T! This is a surefire way to cause a wide range of electrical hazards that can leave you with a larger problem than when you started.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, electrical cords and temporary wiring account for over 25% of the estimated 81,000 electrical system fires that occur each year. In order to avoid becoming another statistic, follow the electrical cord safety tips below:

  • Don't use extension cords as a substitute for repairing building wiring. Doing so can cause the cord to overheat and potentially start a fire.
  • Inspect extension cords for broken connectors, damaged insulation and missing hardware before each use.
  • Extension cords are labeled for indoor or outdoor use. Make sure you adhere to the labels and keep in mind the maximum load your cord can handle.
  • Don’t try to repair damaged or broken electrical cords. Your safest option is to discard them and purchase a new one.

GEN3 Electric has been servicing the electrical needs of the Philadelphia metro area for three generations. Electrical safety is one of our top priorities so give us a call if you need electrical installation or repairs done by expert certified electricians. Don’t forget to connect with us on Google+!

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