LCEC – Lee County Electric Cooperative

Global supply chain issues across the nation will result in major LCEC service delays extending through 2023. There is no exact timeline on the supply disruption until material manufacturing delays and raw material shortages are rectified.

Natural gas price increases and summer heat are impacting power costs resulting in above average bills. Visit energy efficiency pages below for tips to save.

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Extend your Extension Cord Knowledge

Extend your Extension Cord Knowledge

Extension cords don’t just come in handy during the holiday season. Use of extension cords both inside and outside of homes is on the rise, and can be dangerous for those without knowledge of the risks that can be associated with misuse. For instance, if an appliance is drawing more current than the extension cord it is plugged into can carry, that cord could potentially overheat and start a fire. It is essential to find the right cord for the job at hand. The following tips can help extend your extension cord knowledge:

–Remember that cords come in many lengths and gauges based on the American Wire Gauge (AWG) System in which the larger the wire, the smaller the AWG number.
–Always look for an Underwriters Laboratories (UL) symbol which signifies that the cord has been put through stringent safety tests.
–Never use indoor extension cords outdoors due to the risk of electric shock or fire. Only use extension cords when they are marked as “Suitable for Use with Outdoor Appliances.”
–Never place an extension cord under heavy furniture or a rug; taped down; tacked into a wall; or while coiled or bent. Always choose the right length and wattage of the extension cord to your needs.
–Store your extension cords indoors when not in use. Outdoor elements can cause the cords to deteriorate over time.
–Unplug cords when not in use. Plugged-in cords conduct electricity even when not in use.
–Always check your extension cords for cuts or damage. All it takes for an electric shock or burn is an accidental touch to a single exposed strand.
–Don’t force extension cords into your outlets. Many extension cords have polarized plugs (meaning one blade is wider than the other). These plugs function to properly align circuit conductors which help prevent electric shock.

For more electric safety tips, visit www.lcec.net.

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