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Electrical  /  May 19, 2022

The Do’s and Don’ts of Using Extension Cords

Extension cords are a convenient way to supply power to your electrical devices at home. However, they can become a fire hazard and pose a significant risk to your and your family’s safety when used without proper caution.  

To help protect your home from unexpected fires, here are some do’s and don’ts of using extension cords.

DO’S:

  • Do make sure that all your extension cords are properly rated for their intended use and they meet or exceed the power requirements of the device being used.
  • Do keep all outdoor extension cords away from standing water or snow buildup.
  • Do inspect your extension cords for damage before using them. Any cracked or frayed sockets and loose or completely bare wires are potential fire hazards.
  • Do only purchase and use extension cords that have been approved by an independent testing laboratory.
  • Do pull the plug and not the extension cord when disconnecting from an outlet.
  • Do cover unused extension cord receptacles with childproof covers.
  • Do store extension cords indoors.

DON’TS:

  • Don’t attempt to plug extension cords into one another.
  • Don’t use extension cords specifically designed for the indoors outside of your home.
  • Don’t overload extension cords. If your current outlets are not enough to address your needs, have additional outlets installed instead.
  • Don’t nail or staple your extension cords to the wall or baseboard.
  • Don’t use three-prong plugs on outlets that consist of only two slots.
  • Don’t cut the ground pin off to force a fit as it could lead to an electric shock.
  • Don’t use extension cords that feel too hot to the touch.
  • Don’t bend or coil extension cords when in use.
  • Don’t use extension cords with heaters as they could cause cords to overheat.

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