Power cords are useful devices that help us use different appliances and electric devices with ease. But since they transmit electricity, it is very important that safety procedures are followed to avoid accidents.
Follow the below safety tips to keep your family and home safe.
When buying power cords:
- It is very important for home safety that you buy only those power cords that are certified by an independent and recognized testing lab.
- Buy the cords keeping in mind the wattage requirement of the appliances with which the cords will be used. If a cord can’t handle the wattage of a device, it can cause accidents.
- Buy the cord of the appropriate length. Shorter cords are better than long cords as they can handle more current. But don’t unnecessarily stretch a cord. This is a sure way to cause accidents.
- If you need a cord to use it outside in the yard or the garden, make sure you buy power cords for outdoor use. Power cords for outdoor use often come with protective covers to prevent or delay damage.
- Keep in mind the prongs you need for your device. It is better to buy cords with three pronged plugs.
When using power cords:
- Do not remove grounding pin of your cord so that you can fit it into an outlet with only two-prongs.
- Keep the cords in good working condition. You should never use damaged cords. Immediately replace it with a new cord.
- When not in use, unplug the cords and store them where kids can’t reach them or touch them. Store the cords in cool and dry place. Also, keep them away from damp walls.
- If the cords feel hot when you touch them, it means it’s time to stop using it.
- Do not use one cord to power multiple appliances.
- When removing the cords after use, always use the plug. Do not pull on the cord.
- Avoid placing cords under carpets and rugs or even furniture when in use. Basically use them in a way that there are no risks of tripping on the cords.
- Don’t attach cords to walls or surfaces with nails or tape. This way you can damage the insulation and the cord then can become a fire risk or cause shocks when in use.
- Never plug different cords together.