Extension Cord Storage for Safety and Convenience, Part 1

While many think of our electricians at My Buddy the Electrician as only in place for emergencies or major electrical needs, this simply isn’t the case. While we do indeed provide full-service residential and commercial electrical contractor services, which can include major jobs like new build-outs and electrical installations, we’re also proud to serve as your day-to-day electrical experts providing repairs, maintenance and basic expertise to keep your building safe and functioning properly.

This expertise includes areas some may think of as overly simplistic – not all home or building owners have the same level of electrical expertise, and we’re here to help even if you’re a novice. One key basic area for both homes and commercial buildings, both in terms of safety and convenience: Extension cord storage. This two-part blog series will go over why cord storage is important, plus dig into both basic organization formats and several items you might consider to assist in this effort.

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Why Cord Storage Matters

Storing your extension cords properly not only keeps things organized and clutter-free, it also has a major impact on safety and cord quality over time. This begins with the simple reality of keeping such cords away from children, pets or anyone else who might mess with them in improper ways and risk their safety or quality.

It extends to several other areas, however. Cords stored properly will avoid tangles or other damage risks, which will extend their lifespan. In addition, ensuring you have proper storage will make cords easy to find and put into use the moment they’re needed.

Looping

We’ll begin with several basic cord organization formats to consider depending on the types of cords you have present. One of the simplest formats here is the loop, which can be easily performed without any other items on-hand. Use your arm or elbow to create a consistent loop that leaves the cord untangled and easy to grab and go in the future.

Spooling

In other cases, such as if you have any kind of thin circular shape you can wrap around, you might consider spooling extension cords instead. Wrap them in the same direction around the cylinder, not too loose and not too tight, then place the cylinder in a safe place.

Sailor Ties

If you’re particularly concerned about knots or twists in your extension cords, the ideal method to use is the same one a sailor would use to store a dock line or rope:

  • Untangle the cord and allow it to rest at full length
  • Hold the cord in the palm of one hand, leaving one end long and hanging loosely
  • With your other hand, bring the cord across your palm
  • From here, bring the cord back around across the palm in the opposite direction, continuing this repetition while wrapping the cord repeatedly (not too tightly)
  • When near the end, leave a bit of extra loop and wrap it around the bundle of cord, removing it from your hand and pulling it through the middle
  • It can now be hung or stored and will avoid twisting or knotting

For more on storing electrical extension cords, or to learn about any of our electrical installations or related services, speak to the staff at My Buddy the Electrician today.