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Air conditioning safety guidelines for El Pasoans

EL PASO, Texas - As temperatures rise, more people are relying on air conditioning to stay cool.

The El Paso Fire Department reminds El Pasoans to be safe while working with air conditioning units.

The fire department has some safety guidelines you should follow when handling or working on air conditioning units:

  • Be sure that both the electrical circuit and the electrical outlet can handle the load. When in doubt, have a licensed electrician inspect your home's wiring and advise you if it will safely handle air conditioning units.
  • Always plug air conditioners into a grounded, three-prong outlet. If an appliance cord does not fit an outlet, have a licensed electrician replace the outlet.
  • If you must use an extension cord to reach a grounded outlet, make certain that you use a cord designed for air conditioners and that it is UL listed, meets OSHA specifications and can handle the power needed by your air conditioner. Always inspect cords before using them. Ensure the plug blades and grounding pins are present, and do not use extension cords that are cut or damaged. Never run an extension cord under a flammable item; it will trap heat, which may cause a fire. Keep in mind, some manufacturers will not honor warranties if units are plugged in with extension cords.
  • Have your air conditioner cleaned and inspected before the first use.
  • Conduct routine maintenance checks (cleaning or changing filters and pads) during the summer.

For a list of these and other summer safety tips, click on the link below:
Summer safety tips

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