Tailgate Electrical Safety Tips

It’s football season, which means tailgate parties are in full swing! Before you pull out the crockpots, food warmers and all those extension cords, it’s a good idea to think about the safety of your setup. Follow these guidelines for safe extension cord use and go team!

  • Use only extension cords marked “For Outdoor Use”. Weather-resistant, medium-to-heavy gauge extension cords have connectors molded onto them to prevent moisture from seeping in, and outer coatings that are designed to withstand being dragged along the ground.
  • Outdoor extension cords come in 25–150-foot lengths. Buy only the length you need. Not only can you lose power with an excessively long cord (above 100 feet), but it’s also a possible tripping hazard.
  • Use three-wire extension cords with three-pronged plugs. The exception is to use extension cords for use with appliances and tools that are “double-insulated”.
  • Completely connect plugs. Be sure to push them in all the way.
  • Do not plug one extension cord into another.
  • Unwind the cord before using and check for damage. Do not use it if you find any questionable wear or cracks.
  • Never walk on or cover extension cords.
  • Don’t leave an extension cord plugged into an outlet if nothing is plugged into the cord. This is called “leaving an open line”. Always unplug them when they are not in use.
  • Replace outdoor extension cords every 3-4 years if damage is noted.
  • Match power needs (amperage) of electrical products with amperage rating of extension cord.
  • The extension cord capacity should be as high as, or higher than that of the electrical product attached to it.

Play it safe by taking these precautions to help reduce electrically related injuries and property damage during game day. AEP Energy believes in Zero Harm and we are committed to powering a brighter future for our customers and our communities.


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