How to Prevent a Power Cord From Unplugging

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How to Prevent a Power Cord From Unplugging
Power cords that unplug easily can be unsafe and a fire hazard. (Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Every electronic device needs a source of energy to run. Some run on batteries but most devices run on electrical power. Power cords are a means of connecting your appliance or item to the energy source. When the cords are intact and properly attached, there should be no problem. If the power cord keeps falling out, however, you need to address the issue promptly; this is for your own safety.

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Things you need

  • Extension cord
  • Zip ties
  • Outlets
  • Screwdriver

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    Choose the closest power outlet to the item you want to plug in; move your appliance or item closer to the electrical socket if necessary. This will reduce the risk of the cord being unplugged by someone tripping over it or shifting the item. It also reduces the need for extensions cords that may overload and trip the circuit breaker.

  2. 2

    Coil extra power cord lengths and secure them neatly in place with a zip tie. This reduces trip risks and is safer than having random lengths of cord lying around that can come unplugged easily.

  3. 3

    Examine the electrical cord prongs. If they are damaged or bent, the cord may not stay in place as it normally should. Straighten the prongs carefully if bent or replace the cord if it has severely damaged prongs.

  4. 4

    Replace worn electrical sockets. Over time, outlets start to sag and lose their grip on power cords, causing them to fall out. Old outlets can also cause arcs, which pose an electrical fire hazard. New outlets will keep the power cord securely in place.

Tips and warnings

  • Examine cords regularly and replace them when they start to fray or become damaged. Never use a long string of extension cords to plug in an item or overload an extension cord with too many items plugged in at once. Always turn the circuit breaker switch off for the area you are working on to avoid electrocution. Use extreme caution when working with electrical wiring as you can severely harm yourself.

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