Planning to deck your halls with festive lights and decorations this year? Chances are, you’ll end up using an extension cord to help you. If you use extension cords, make sure you deck the halls safely this season by following safety guidelines. While they are a convenient way to supply power right where you need it, they can also create hazards if not used safely.
Friedman’s Home Improvement encourages you to follow this simple guidance to avoid a decorating disaster:
● Do not overload a power strip by adding additional power strips and extension cords to it, for it could create a fire hazard.
● Make sure indoor extension cords are used indoors and outdoor extension cords are used outdoors.
● Never use an extension cord as a permanent power outlet. Extension cords are meant to be used temporarily.
● Inspect extension cords for damage before use. If you see cracked or frayed sockets, loose or bare wires, and loose connections, get rid of it!
● Never use a cord that feels hot, for it could pose a fire hazard.
● Do not run extension cords through walls or ceilings, for this will cause the cord to overheat and cause a fire.
● Do not nail, staple, pinch, or pull extension cords, for this could damage the cord’s insulation.
● To prevent tripping, keep extension cords out of high-traffic areas like doorways or walkways.
● Make sure to Insert plugs fully so that no part of the prongs are exposed when in use.
● Ensure that all extension cords are certified by a nationally recognized testing laboratory such as UL, CSA, or ETL
● Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
Deck the halls safely this holiday season and follow these important safety tips. Visit us any time either at Friedman’s online, or at one of our Santa Rosa, Sonoma, or Ukiah stores, where you’ll get the lowest price and local advice.