7 Extensions Plugs To Stay Safe In Your Home

7 Extensions Plugs To Stay Safe In Your Home
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    Electricity is perhaps the greatest invention of humankind.

    Today, we cannot imagine our lives without lights, laptops, and mobile phones. All these devices need electricity.

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Almost all factories utilize electrical tools. We cannot even meet our necessities like food, clothing, and shelter without electricity. There is no doubt in its power and capability. But anything powerful can be dangerous too.

Electrical faults and leakages could cause explosions and fires. When one comes in contact with live parts, one might get shocks and burns. So, it is our responsibility to maintain electrical equipment and avoid careless accidents at our homes and workplaces.

As the number of electrical devices keeps increasing, we often run out of wall sockets for the new ones. The tools may vary from person to person. Some might want a hairdryer while others a play station.

So, most people go for extension cords and plugs to switch on their favorite devices. These come in many forms, and one has to use them carefully.

Here are a few types of extension cords and plugs:

  • Power Strips:


    It is attached to a wall and has provisions for connecting multiple electronic devices. These are fixed devices, so the electrical appliances have to be near them.

    Generally, there is one single led light to show the supply of power. At times there are individual lights for each connection too.

    Also, one should go for surge-protected strips that have additional LEDs to indicate the status of the protection system and the amount of power utilized. It helps you to prevent overloading and thus protect the devices and your family too.

  • Surge Protectors

    The power strips come with surge protectors too. The surge protectors prevent electronic devices from getting damaged due to temporary high voltage supply in the line. A power spike not only damages your machine but could also cause bursts and fires.

    So, all the critical and costly devices should be connected to surge protectors. It is also safer to have one master switch that could turn on or off all devices connected to the strip.

  • Master/slave power strips:

    These are excellent means to save energy and offer proper protection too. Here if the device connected to the master socket is on, all other devices are turned off automatically and vice-versa.

    Thus they are energy efficient. These are useful in places where there is a low voltage problem.

  • Indoor extension cords:

    These are used to supply electricity to devices that are far off from the electric socket. They come as rectangular or circular boxes with an adjustable cord wire connecting to the wall socket.

    The new extension cords have a flat surface for attaching the appliances and are known as the flat extension cord. The extension cords are of two main categories: 2-wire and 3-wire extension cord. The 2-wire cables are for indoor purposes only. The 3-wire ones have a ground wire and are safer.

  • Outdoor extension cords:

    For your outdoor device like a lawnmower, you should use an outdoor extension cord. They are longer than the indoor ones, and their length could go up to 100 feet. They have a wider diameter. As the conducting wires inside the cord have a larger gauge.

    These wires need a higher current carrying capacity. The outdoor extensions have three-prong-plug implying that the ground wire connection is a must.

    They also come with a ground fault circuit interrupter. It is for additional safety and automatically shuts off supply when current passes through water or a person.

    General precautions while using extension cords:

    • The extension cord should handle the wattage of connecting devices. Its rating should be higher than that of the plugged devices. One can join the overload calculator so that you do not exceed the maximum limit.
    • Never connect one extension cord to another.
    • The cords should not run under the furniture or rugs. You should not tape the wires on the floor or any surface.
    • Cover unused cord receptacles.
    • One should always keep both the outdoor and indoor cords inside the building.
  • Extension leads

    They are similar to extension cords but fixed like the power strip. Unlike other extension devices, these are kept out of sight, like beneath our desk or table.

    So, one has to check them regularly for damages. Scorch marks and blackness near the socket or plug, the smell of hot plastic calls for immediate attention.

  • Voltage adapter and converter plug

    These are useful when there is power fluctuation. They prevent devices from damage in case of the high voltage supply. They also let you plug in different types of plug, like two-wire and three-wire plugs.

    You can also have special travel adapters too. They also have provisions for USB ports.

Thus, we have seen different types of extension plugs and equipment that we can use in our homes. One should choose the right equipment based on their needs and regularly maintain it.

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