9 Things To NEVER Do With An Extension Cord
(BlackDoctor.org) — Extension cords are a convenient way to extend power to electrical devices. Used without proper caution, however, they can become a fire hazard and pose a risk to your personal safety. Use these tips to help keep your household safe:
Selecting Extension Cords
• Purchase cords approved by an independent testing laboratory. Read the device’s instruction manual for information about its use and the amount of power it draws when running.
• For outside projects, use extension cords marked for outdoor use.
• Select extension cords rated to handle the wattage drawn by the device. A cord’s gauge indicates its size: The smaller the gauge, the larger the wire and the more electrical current the cord can safely handle.
• Consider the length of the extension cord you’ll need. Longer cords carry less electrical current than shorter cords of the same gauge.
• 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.