When most people think of extension cords, they think of the short, coiled-up ones used to plug-in lamps and other small appliances. And while these are certainly the most common type of extension cord, there are various styles that can be used for various purposes. This blog post will discuss when you should use an extension cord and what is best for your needs. We'll also cover some scenarios where you should never use an extension cord!
So, when should you use an extension cord? Generally speaking, extension cords are commonly used when you need to plug in an appliance or piece of equipment located further away from a power outlet than the length of your standard electrical cord. This could be a floor lamp across the room from the nearest outlet or a power tool you use outside.
Extension Cord Use With Appliance
As for what kind of extension cord to use, it depends on the situation. For example, if you are only going to be using the extension cord for something like a lamp, you can get away with using a relatively thin and lightweight cable. However, if you are using the extension cord for something like a power tool, you will need to use a thicker and more heavy-duty line.
You will want to use a heavy-duty extension cable for appliances such as:
- Sewing machines
- Power washers
A heavy-duty extension cord is typically rated for outdoor use and is resistant to moisture and abrasion. Here is an example of a heavy-duty extension cord (LifeSupplyUSA); you'll be looking for a gauge rating of 10 or 12. Appliances such as these require a thicker cord because they draw more power and can be dangerous if used with a thinner cable.
Light Appliance Use
And thin cables are used for appliances such as:
Here is an example of a light-duty extension cord (LifeSupplyUSA) with a thinner and more flexible cable. Watch out for a gauge rating of 16.
Never Use Extension Cords For These Purposes
Now, let's talk about some scenarios where you should never use an extension cord. First, you should know never to use an extension cord with an appliance or piece of equipment that produces heat. Additionally, it would be best if you never used an extension cord with a device or piece of equipment that draws a lot of power. If you need to use an extension cord for any of these purposes, consult with an electrician. They will help you find a permanent solution that doesn't involve using an extension cord.
You are at significant risk for a fire hazard if you use extension cords on the following appliances:
- Space Heaters
- Hair Dryers
- Curling Irons
- Air Conditioners
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So there you have it! Now you know when to use an extension cord and what kind to use. Always use caution when using extension cords and never use them with appliances or equipment that draws a lot of power. It is important that an extension cord with a machine that draws more than 15 amps of power.
It would be best if you never used an extension cord with an appliance that produces heat, such as a hair dryer, curling iron, or space heater. These appliances can overheat the extension cord and pose a fire hazard.
Extension cords are handy around the house, but using them safely and correctly is vital. We hope this blog post has helped clear any confusion about when and how to use them!