Use Extension Cords Temporarily: Extension cords are not meant to replace your outlets in your home for extended use. They are a temporary solution and should be unplugged regularly. Instead, have more outlets installed in the room or area where you know you need them the most.
Leave The 3rd Prong Alone: Some appliances have three prongs that need to get plugged in. Unfortunately, when some homes are built the outlets are two-pronged spaces. Some people have been known to remove the bottom prong, or the “ground,” of the cord so they can plug it in. It’s there to prevent a surge of electricity or other electrical malfunctions that might happen. Without that prong, the risk of fire increases. A professional electrician will be able to change out the outlets.
damaged electrical outlet
Avoid Using Damaged Cords: Are there cracks, frayed edges, or wires sticking out of the cord? Do NOT try to plug in that cord. You run the risk of sparking or “arching” if something touches the exposed wires. Depending on what cord is for you have the cord itself replaced or replace the entire unit.
Update The Main Electrical System: With the electric heavy time we live in, the main panel and electrical system for the house take on a lot. Whether it’s due to age or you’re noticing inconsistencies with output, it might be time to upgrade the system.
- Burn marks or discoloration around fixtures, switches, or outlets
- The area is hot to the touch whether it’s the cord, the outlet, or the appliance itself
- There’s a burning smell
- You feel a shock when you plug or unplug a cord
- The lights flicker or seem dim
- There’s a vibrating sound by the outlets or switches
- The fuse box or breaker box is tripping often