Though the extension cord is one of the most useful equipments used in any house for fulfilling various needs of connecting electrical appliances, yet it is not without any hazards. If not used according to the instructions put forth in the manual that comes with it, you or your dear one might get harmed. In fact, a recent survey revealed that every year in US alone about 4,000 people are treated in hospital emergency rooms associated with injuries incurred due to electric cords.
The injuries may range from electric shocks to fractures, lacerations, contusions, or sprains from people tripping over these cords. And unfortunately, half of the injuries involve children under the age of five years. Even, most of the house fires are caused due to short circuits, overloading, or damage in the extension cords or power supply cords.
Here are a few things that you should avoid in order to ensure total safety from your extension cord at home.
"Do not overload your extension cord with too many gadgets. Some people plug in lamps, TV sets, and electric heaters into a single extension cord, which may results in serious accidents.
"Ensure that the cord you are using have features like safety closures, warning labels, rating information about the electrical current, etc. for the protection of children and adults.
"Also ensure that the cords do not dangle from the counter or table tops. This is to prevent tripping, which is the most common cause of accidents that happen due to extension cords or wiring harness
"Always replace cracked or worn out extension cords with new ones, which have locking plugs so that children in the house do not get injured.
"If the cords you are presently using lack safety closures, then you should immediately cover them with the appropriate electrical tape or with plastic caps for prevention of accidents
"If you are using extension cords for outdoor tools and appliances, use only the ones that are specially designed for the purpose. Most of the times they are labeled as "for outdoor use".
Apply these safety tips while using any extension cord variety and ensure absolute home safety. Even for buying other electrical appliances like wiring harness, power supply cord, or locking plug, it is mandatory that you always buy UL certified ones for overall safety of you and your dear ones for prevention is always better than cure.