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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 10-07-2015, 01:30 PM Thread Starter
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This morning while using my electric skillet in the kitchen, all was normal. When i finished cooking I did as I always do. Turn the dial to the off position, watch for the light to go off on the dial, then unplug the power cord first from the receptacle, then from the skillet.

Then I grab the cord, wipe any food residue off. When I grabbed the cord, the end that plugs into the wall was smoking hot. I automatically dropped it, you can imagine the words I used. I then started from the opposite end and felt my way back to the hot end. The cord was cool until I got about 2" from the end. Upon further investigation, the blades/prongs on the plug were discolored and the plastic had started to melt. I inspected the receptacle, it will be replaced also.

I could have just cut the cord and replaced the plug, but I went online and ordered a replacement cord.

My point is: check your power cords in the home and shop that draw high amounts of amps. We take them for granted, this could have easily caused a fire. I have used this appliance for many years and never had a problem.

Keep you and your loved ones safe

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I had a similar incident several years ago. Mine was with an automatic toaster. We had used it that morning and went to work. Since I was self employed I frequently stopped by home throughout the day which I did mid morning that day. When I entered the house I smelled smoke. My first thought was what the hell. I headed for the kitchen and the outlet was already smoking. I grabbed the cord and yanked it from the wall. Fortunately, I came home in the nick of time as there was no damage. That outlet and toaster was replaced that day. Now when we use a small appliance we unplug when we're finished.
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Great advise Ellery! we think that: plugs, receptacles and wires are forever but they are not. From time to time they need to be inspected.Thanks for posting!

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Since my friends garage fire from a battery charger, I have always unplugged any electrical appliance or tool when I am finished. Always shut off the main in shop when I walked out, had nothing there that needed to be on.
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What an advice.
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Another old post brought back from the past, but a very worthy reminder.

I would add that not only should the plug that got hot be suspected and replaced, but the outlet that it was plugged into might also need replacing. Plug and outlet contacts corrode and loose their spring tension over time and heavy use. As the connection between them deteriorates the electrical resistance of their parts increases. When higher electric currents need to flow through points of resistance, these areas will heat up, further deteriorating the electrical connection between them. Eventually, this deterioration and continued use will result in temperatures high enough to cause a fire.
Don't let this situation cause enough heat to cause a fire. Repair/replace the damaged components before they get this bad.

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When I moved into the house, I noticed that all the outlets were loose, so with a fair amount of cursing, I replaced every one of them, including drilling holes through the walls in two spots to mound outside weather proof plugs out front. It was a lot of work to do, but good for safety reasons. Also nice not to have plugs that don't hold fast.

I also put in GFCI plugs on selected circuits. Everything's on breakers of course, but those GF outlets seem to go out faster than the breakers. Happily, the house has copper wiring, not aluminum. I'd hate to have to deal with that problem.

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Thank You Charley for the reminder!

I have since moved to a newer home, and replaced the old electric skillet! New home, new skillet...

Also my first order of business was to inspect all of the electrical outlets, switches, breakers, etc. I replaced the outlets and switches. Everything looked OK, but some were mismatched, in color.
I worked with my father in his HVAC and electrical business as a young man. I became very aware of the dangers that could occur from faulty, and loose connections.

I have two sons that are on their own now and we always have discussions about personal safety, in the workplace, and especially at home. Now they look for potential hazards, and have found many. Some were obvious, some were not!

Be safe! We only have one body!

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As others said, a good, timeless reminder.

I bought one of the laser thermometers and use it to check wiring. I can point it at a wire and get a dead on reading. I, also, use it to check the breakers.

To test it, I fire up one of my collectors and point it at the breaker. Even with 15 foot long, 10 gauge wire, for a fifteen amp, 240 circuit, you may get a couple degree rise at the breaker. The thing is instantaneous, so will show a sloppy outlet or other problem very quickly.

Even if renting, it's worth while to swap out sloppy outlets with good quality, twenty amp puppies. The nice ones are easy to change and will last years longer than the cheap stab type.
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Electricity is nothing to mess with. Doing maintenance in a shop with 30 employees I am constantly replacing cords on tools to keep things safe.
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