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Extension Cord Safety Tips Unveiled: Your Defense Against Electrical Fires

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In South Florida, transitioning from fall to winter isn’t always obvious, but one unmistakable sign of the changing season is the sight of holiday decorations. Many of us rely on extension cords to create a festive atmosphere at home, whether arranging haunting Halloween displays or sparkling holiday lights. Whatever your plans, using these versatile cords correctly matters. Safety should always be the number one priority when it comes time to decorate. Check out our detailed list of 17 extension cord safety tips to make your celebrations go without any incidents. 

Several beige extension cords plugged into an outlet and overloaded with various plugs. Extension cord safety tips state that you should never overload your cords.
Overloading extension cords can spell trouble for your home.

17 Extension Cord Safety Tips

Extension cords are convenient tools that can help us expand our reach and plug in electrical devices anywhere we need them. However, knowing extension cord safety tips can help you utilize them in a safer fashion. 

  1. Only purchase cords approved by an independent testing laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL).
  2. Don’t overload extension cords with too many appliances. The cord can overheat and possibly cause a fire.
  3. Plug major appliances, such as refrigerators, dryers, and washers, directly into a wall receptacle outlet.
  4. Check the maximum capacity of the extension cord and appliance or tool you’re using, and make sure you don’t exceed it.
  5. Fully insert an extension cord plug (or any plug, for that matter) into an outlet.
  6. Unplug cords when you’re not using them. Pull on the plug to safely unplug a cord, NOT on the cord itself.
  7. Use extension cords only temporarily. Don’t substitute them for permanent wiring.
  8. Don’t run cords through water or snow to avoid the high risk of electric shock.
  9. Don’t run cords through ceilings, walls, doorways, or floors. Never place cords under carpets, either. Covered cords allow little heat to escape and pose a fire hazard.
  10. Keep cords out of the path of foot traffic to prevent tripping. Don’t leave cords dangling anywhere where they can be pulled down and tripped over.
  11. If you use too many extension cords, your home may not have enough outlets. Have a qualified electrician install additional outlets.
  12. Avoid chaining multiple extension cords. Plug cords directly into mounted electrical receptacles and use cords that are long enough for your needs.
  13. Never use indoor extension cords outdoors. Only use the cords marked for outdoor use.
  14. Inspect cords before using them. If a cord heats up or is damaged in any way, discard it.
  15. Always use cords with polarized and/or three-prong plugs. Don’t force a three-prong plug into two-prong outlets. Don’t remove or bend the ground pin to force a fit.
  16. When using cord-bundling devices, such as spiral wire wrap, avoid cramming cords together to prevent damaging the cord’s insulation.
  17. Never use staples or nails to attach cords to a surface like a wall to prevent puncturing the cord’s insulation.
Always ensure your cords are in good condition before using them.

When You Need Fire Damage Restoration Experts, Call PuroClean of Davie

Don’t dread fire damage! Give our professionals a call! PuroClean of Davie is always here to provide you with the peace of mind you deserve, especially during the holiday season. Our team of experts is equipped with state-of-the-art technology to restore fire damage quickly and efficiently. We understand that emergencies can happen at any time, so our skilled technicians are available 24/7. Please contact us at (954) 233-1100 for fire damage remediation in Davie. 

Last edited on 23rd of October 2023