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Firefighters warn about extension cord sparked fires

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) –Fire Investigators now say an apartment fire on Odom Avenue Wednesday was caused by an overloaded extension cord.  They don't want the same to happen in your home.

Firefighters warn that with summer heat, air conditioners will be running around the clock in many homes.

Light load extension cords can not handle that voltage, so they say don't use them on air conditioning units.

Albany Fire Department Assistant Chief Allen Cravey said "Any time you can avoid using extension cord, you need to. It's just another link in the process that can malfunction. So if the situation does require you to use an extension cord, then you need to get the heaviest cord that you can."

Firefighters say it's the same fire hazard as using extension cords to power space heaters in the winter.

If an appliance is going to run for long periods of time, the extension cord powering it can overload and ignite.


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