If you use extension cords you can protect your home, family, and workplace by following these guidelines:
- Ensure that extension cords are properly rated for their intended use, indoor or outdoor and that they meet or exceed the power needs of the device being used.
- Use only cords that have been approved by an independent testing laboratory and that carry the approval seal.
- Inspect cords before each use to check for any damage such as cracked or frayed sockets, loose or bare wires or loose connections.
- Do not plug extension cords into one another.
- Do not overload extension cords, use according to manufacturer’s directions.
- Make sure to keep all outdoor extension cords away from snow or standing water.
- Never nail or staple extension cords to any surface.
- Never remove or alter the ground pin from a three-prong plug to fit a two-hole outlet.
- Do not use extension cords with appliances that would cause the cords to overheat.
Always remember that extension cords are a temporary fix and should never be used for permanent wiring. If extension cords are being used on a frequent basis, it could be an indication that more outlets are needed. If that’s the case, a licensed, insured electrician should be contacted for recommendations.