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Choosing The Correct Extension Cord

7/9/2021 (Permalink)

As we get further into the summer months we’re doing more outdoors. Cookouts, bouncy houses, inflatable waterslides, hanging patio lights – the usual summer fun! What do all of those activities have in common? The need for a power source! Before you hook that extension cord up, are you sure it’s the best one for the job?

Electrical fires are commonly started in overloaded power outlets. We pile as many plugs as possible into that one outlet, and when it surpasses its limitations can trip a breaker or cause a fire!

Know Your Limitations!

Determine how many amps are required for the item you want to power. Using that number, you should be able to determine if you need a light, medium or heavy-duty cord. There IS a difference in indoor vs. outdoor extension cords and they should not be used interchangeably.

Avoid Hazards

Keep any power source away from water. That means puddles, coolers that can leak, kiddie pools, etc. Water and electricity do not mix! Also avoid heavy traffic areas and driveways or places where cars might have to drive over any electric cords.

Take proper precautions, know your limitations and choose proper equipment to keep you and your home safe this summer!

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