Don’t use frayed or cracked electrical cords.

The electric cord on your appliance contains a live wire that is securely insulated.  But if a cord becomes frayed, the live wire can be exposed.  This is dangerous and can leave you vulnerable electric fires.  The following are ways to protect yourself from such dangers:

  • Check cords regularly and replace any damaged or frayed cords immediately.
  • Do not wrap the cord in PVC tape, this is not a permanent solution to the problem.
  • Make sure they protect all of the electrical cords in your home from damage, for example, don’t run cords under carpets or rugs and don’t hang them from nails.
  • If the cord is attached to an appliance you would like to keep, contact an electrician to help you.  Do not touch it or try to repair it yourself.