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Reduce Risk Of Burns, Electrocution From Extension Cords | Port Orange Injury Lawyer

Reduce Risk Of Burns, Electrocution From Extension Cords

Burns to the mouth account for more than half of injuries related to the use of electrical extension cords in the home.

Extension cords can be dangerous if they’re faulty or frayed, but even intact cords can present a number of hazards if they’re not used properly and safely tucked away, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Children and pets can and will chew on extension cords if they can get to them, and this can result in severe burns and even electrocution.

To reduce the risks, keep extension cords out of the reach of kids and pets, and always purchase cords that have the UL and OSHA labels on them. Further, use common sense measures to be sure the cords are in good shape, including:

  • Inspect them regularly for signs of wear and tear.
  • Replace old extension cords that are cracked or frayed.
  • Only use exterior extension cords for outside use.
  • Don’t overload cords or sockets.
  • Pull the plug, not the cord, when disconnecting it from the socket
  • Only use extension cords when they’re absolutely necessary, and try not to use them for long-term purposes.
  • Never put extension cords under carpeting or furniture. Faulty cords could cause a fire.

For more on safety issues, see the library of articles by Daytona Beach personal injury attorney.

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