Outdoor power cord extension cables provide a convenient way to bring power to outdoor electrical appliances. If you are planning on doing some outdoor projects or repairs that require electrical power, it may be wise to invest in an outdoor power extension cord to help power your working tools and provide lighting. However, you need to always keep in mind the following safety tips while using power extension cables to prevent electrical accidents.
Keep them away from water
Outdoor power cords can easily get exposed to rain or snow which can cause damage to the devices, so be sure to always avoid using them during a storm or when it's snowing. In fact, the hot season is often the best time to use outdoor electrical cords because there is less risk of water exposure at this time of year.
Even in the summer, avoid running the extension cord through an area where water could pool or using them near pools, hot tubs or sprinklers. This is because water from these sources could enter the extension cord and cause a short circuit that could damage the power source and extension cord.
Additionally, water can conduct electricity from the extension cord and cause an electric shock to people in a hot tub/swimming pool or fish in your pond. If you must use an outdoor extension cord near water, be sure to wrap all the outlets in electrical tape to keep water out.
Proper usage and storage
Remember that outdoor extension cords will typically heat up as power passes through them, so they should be kept uncovered so as not to overheat. Avoid running the extension cords through walls, carpeting, or floors where air flow would be limited, and disconnect power anytime you notice the extension cords are too hot to the touch.
In many cases, using too many devices on one extension cord could cause it to overheat, so try removing some devices and see if the overheating stops. If the extension cord is still hot, unplug it and consider calling an electrician to decipher the problem.
Additionally, be sure to avoid plugging multi-outlet extension cords into another extension cord, as over-extending the cord can cause possible sparking or overheating. When done using the extension cord, wrap the wires carefully to prevent fraying and store the extension cord indoors where it isn't exposed to the elements.
Finally, be sure to check the extension cord for damage before using it in the future. If the insulation is cracked or wires are exposed, do not use the cord to prevent fires or electric shock.