At this time of year, using lights outside either for Christmas decoration or for security is a common practice. And to do so, you will need to use an outdoor extension cable. So what should you know about using outdoor extension cords safely? And how can this help protect your equipment, and keep you safe? Well, here at Walker Electrical, we are Preston’s leading electrical professionals. From commercial electricals to schools, universities and residential properties, we offer a range of high quality, effective electrical solutions. And this is our guide to everything you should know about the safe use of outdoor extension cords.
Considerations for using outdoor extension cords safely
You need to choose an extension code that is safe and designed for outdoor use. This should be the first thing you do. But beyond that, you should also be sure to:
- If your extension cable is new, and you have a commercial property, you should probably PAT test the cable first, before you plug it in. This will only need to be done every 3-5 years.
- Visually inspect the cable for signs of wear and tear and damage. If there are cracks in the insulation, or exposed wires, you should not use this item again, as it could be a potential safety hazard, causing electric shock or fire damage.
- Store the extension cords safely, away from water and dramatic temperature changes to reduce the chances of damage when not in use.
- Always keep extension cords away from spots that accumulate water or snow. Leaving your extension cord sat in a puddle or pool, or locked in a freeze thaw process, can be dangerous and cause a lot of damage.
- Do not overextend extension cords by attempting to power too many appliances at once.
For more information or advice, get in touch with the experts today, here at Walker Electrical.