Every year damaged extension cords cause car fires across the province. With the return of cold weather Brian Smiley from Manitoba Public Insurance reminds you to prevent these fires by checking your extension cords. He explains you have to be looking at the extension cord to see whether it’s been cracked out and you can see exposed wires and at the plug in area see if its broken away from the cord or is loose and again if you can see exposed wires you should replace that extension cord.
Broken or cracked extension cords can result in electrical arcing. Smiley says residents need to make sure they’re buying an extension cord meant for outside.