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Are Extension Cords Bad For My Electrical System?

Contrary to popular belief, extension cords could actually be causing more harm than good. If you do not take precautions with your homes electrical system, the end result could be serious injury or even death. A few simple steps can be taken to maintain your homes electrical system and eliminate the threat of serious problems:

The Length of the Cord

The first reason electrical cords can pose a threat is due to the various lengths they come in. The longer the extension cord, the harder it is for the electrical current pass through. This means electrical current will can weaken as it passes through the cord to its destination, causing the power outlet to work harder.

When outlets work harder than they’re supposed to..

Bad things can happen. The power source can overheat, which could result in an electrical fire.

The Prongs

Another risk of using an extension cord for long term use in your home comes with the number of prongs on the cord and the available holes in the outlet.

If the power source has a three-prong outlet, you want to ensure the extension cord has three prongs. If the extension cord does not properly fit the power source outlet, this can potentially cause a fire after long term use.

Period of Intended Use

The next time you want to use an extension cord for your home, keep in mind the power cord is built for short term use. They are not designed to fill in as a full-time solution for your electrical needs and this fact should NOT be taken lightly.

The permanent solution? If you find yourself relying on extension cords quite often, it means you should really have additional outlets installed in your home. And that’s where we come in!

Let our friendly service professionals improve your home electrical safety by installing new and additional power outlets and ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) to help prevent electrical hazards in your home today. Give Lon Lockwood Electric a call for an appointment that makes the safety difference and provides the protection you and your family deserve.