• Select cords with polarized or three-prong plugs.
• To power larger appliances, select thick, round, low-gauge extension cords. For smaller appliances and electronics, choose thin, sometimes flat cords.
Extension Cord Don’ts:
• Don’t remove the grounding pin to fit a two-prong outlet.
• Don’t power multiple devices with one cord.
• Don’t use indoor extension cords outdoors.
• Don’t plug multiple extension cords together.
• Don’t run extension cords under rugs or furniture.
• Don’t tape extension cords to floors.
• Don’t attach cords to surfaces with staples or nails.
• Don’t bend or coil extension cords when in use.
• Don’t use extension cords that feel hot to the touch.
Caring for Extension Cords:
• Cover unused extension cord receptacles with childproof plugs.
• Store cords indoors.
• Unplug extension cords when not in use.
• Throw away damaged extension cords.
• Pull the plug—not the cord—to disconnect from an outlet.
Extension cords are temporary wiring solutions. If you’re using extension cords for permanent power, consider updating your home’s electrical system.