Using extension cords for work is something many of us are familiar with. But what happens when you’re finished with a project and it’s time to store everything until you need it again? This is where countless extension cords suffer from improper storage.
Here’s what you need to know about storing your extension cords correctly.
When you’re finished using an extension cord, the first thing you need to do is unplug it. Once it’s been unplugged, it’s time to prep your cord for storage. If you’re operating in a wet area, make sure you give the cord a good wipe down before you put it away. This can help prevent mold growth and keep your extension cord in good shape.
The next thing you’ll need to do is coil your extension cord. This is where so many of us go wrong. Don’t wrap the cord tightly around something to store it. Instead, coil your cable gently into large loops. Your cord likely has a loop pattern it wants to follow — let it. When you’ve coiled your cable, loosely tie it so it keeps its shape and either hang it or lay it flat.