With the proper care and, extension cords can be used for any tent event and gathering. It is important to periodically re-check installed extension cords to detect any possible malfunction as soon as possible, as misuse can result in the chance of shock or fire. As with normal party tent safety procedures, should a fire occur it is vitally important to evacuate the tent. If there is ever a doubt about the safety of your extension cord, don’t use it. Here we have our main points broken out into three main categories: Cord Usage, Care, and Safety Issues.
When you are placing cords at a site requiring more power, common sense is the best indicator for proper use. Making sure the cords aren’t covered or compacted so that they can’t dissipate heat. Install the fewest amounts of cords, keeping them to areas where they won’t be bothered, and not altering them in any fashion.
Do not place where there is heavy foot traffic
Don’t place cords underneath carpets
Never plug a power strip into an extension cord; find an extension cord with multiple taps or a power strip with a longer cord
If you bundle multiple cords together, only use devices specifically for this purpose and never crowd the device
Shorter cords can handle more current than longer cords; plan different lengths of extension cord accordingly
Don’t use an adapter to plug a three-pronged cord into a two-pronged outlet
Use a power cord that is long enough for the job; don’t combine multiple extension cords
With proper use and storage habits, anyone can get multiple years’ use out of most heavy duty power cords. Like any tool, periodic inspection and attention to storage details can greatly expand the length of each cord’s use.
Inspect cords before use to ensure that it in working condition
Never puncture the insulation on an extension cord; if it becomes punctured, stop using it immediately
Do not crimp or put pressure on the cords, as this may eventually compromise the insulation
NEVER put staples or nails through the insulation on an extension cord to attach it to a surface
Store cords away from heat and moisture
Nothing is worth the risk of putting your loved ones or guests in danger. In addition to proper usage and care as detailed above, a few precautions can be kept in mind to maximize safety.
Always unplug an extension cord by pulling on the plug, not the cord
If an extension cord is warm or hot to the touch, unplug it immediately and do not use
Do not try to repair a malfunctioning cord
Don’t leave extension cords plugged in if not in use
Make sure any extension cords in exposed places are brightly colored or clearly indicated
Celina’s white extension cords are covered in bright white insulation, making them easy to spot along walkways while blending with basic white tent decor
Never remove the grounding pin from a three-pronged extension cord