Best Practices for Storing Extension Cords

Extension cords are essential tools in most households and workspaces. They allow us to extend the reach of electrical appliances, power tools, and other gadgets. However, they can be a hassle to store, especially if you have limited space or don’t know how to organize them properly. In this blog post, we’ll provide some practical tips on how to store extension cords safely and efficiently.

1. Choose the right storage method

The first step is to choose the right storage method for your extension cords. There are several options available depending on your needs and preferences:

a) Wall-mounted cord reel

A wall-mounted cord reel is an excellent option if you have limited floor space but ample wall space. This storage solution allows you to wind up your extension cords neatly and keep them off the ground.

b) Cord rack

If you have multiple extension cords that vary in length and gauge, a cord rack may be the perfect solution for organization. A cord rack typically attaches easily onto walls or doors using screws or adhesive strips.

c) Extension cord bag/box/pouch/hanger

Another option is storing your extension cords in bags or boxes specifically designed for them; these usually come with compartments that help organize different lengths of cables effectively.

2. Label Your Extension Cords

Once you’ve chosen a suitable storage solution(s), it’s time to label each cable accordingto its use so that it’s easy to identify when needed.

Use masking tape or any label maker machine (if available). Write on it what type of device each end plugs into like “lamp,” “lawnmower,” etc., along with its length measurement in feet/meters so that mistakes are avoided when picking out which one works best at any given moment!

Furthermore, by labeling your extension cords, it becomes easier to determine which cable needs attention or repair.

3. Store Cords in a Dry Area

The worst case scenario of storing cables is the degradation caused by moisture. Therefore, make sure you store your extension cords in a dry area and away from direct sunlight. When exposed to moisture, electrical wires may corrode over time and break down insulation around the wires leading to short circuiting.

4. Coil Extension Cords Properly

Improper coiling damages the wire’s internal structure making them more prone to rupture, kinks, and permanent damage thus reducing their life span drastically.
Here are some tips when coiling up your extension cord:

– Hold one end of the cable
– Create loops using both hands on each side.
– Ensure that there are no knots in between
– Tie Twist Ties or Velcro straps around it every 12 inches

By following this method above for wrapping your cords correctly will ensure not only safe storage but also increase their longevity.

5. Conclusion

Storing an extension cord doesn’t have to be difficult; it just requires little effort and careful organization! Choose an appropriate storage solution(s), label each cable accordingly so that they’re easy to identify when needed, keep them dry with proper coil wrapping techniques mentioned above as well as adequate ventilation & placement – making sure that they don’t come into contact with any liquids helps protect against accidental electrocution while prolonging its usage potentiality. So go ahead now and tame those unruly cables with these tips!

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