9 Things To NEVER Do With An Extension Cord

    • 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.

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