Electrical Safety for the Holidays

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Did you know? According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, 3,300 residential fires are caused by faulty extension cords each year, resulting in 50 deaths and 270 injuries. While extension cord safety is a year round concern, use of these devices is more prominent during the holidays! Fire caused by faulty plug receptacles, wrong extension cord use are only a few concerns:

  • Purchase extension cords from a reputable retailer. Never use an extension cord that does not carry the UL, ETL or CSA standards from the laboratory.
  • Make sure extension cords are properly rated for their intended use (either indoor or outdoor) and that they meet or exceed the power needs of the device being used.
  • Do not overload extension cords! All extension cords should be routed through a GFCI receptacle.
  • Extension cords are meant to provide a temporary solution and should not be used as a long-term or permanent circuit.
  • Keep all outdoor extension cords clear of snow and standing water and well protected from the elements.
  • Examine cords before each use. Cracked, frayed, or otherwise damaged cords should be replaced immediately.
  • Multiple plugged directly into mounted electrical receptacles; they cannot be chained together.
  • Do not run cords through walls, doorways, ceilings or floors.

Calling American Mechanical for a FREE ELECTRICAL PANEL INSPECTION during the holidays! It is the wisest decision you can make before plugging in the lights!