Extension Cord Safety Tips

Avoid powering multiple appliances with one cord. 

Extension cords are designed to handle a maximum electrical load (amps) and over-usage can cause unnecessary risk.

Do not plug one extension cord into another!

Purchase an extension cord that is the appropriate length you need to minimize risk of fire. 

Make sure that extension cords are rated for what you will be using them for. 

Do not use indoor extension cords outdoors. Some extension cords are oil-resistant–if you are working in an oily environment, make sure your extension cord is rated for that use.  

Do not cover up extension cords. 

This includes putting them under rugs or furniture or using them in place of traditional electrical wiring (within walls). If a cord is covered, heat cannot escape, which may result in a fire hazard.

Don’t over-manipulate cords while in use. 

Don’t bend, twist or curl cords over their normal flexibility.

Extension cords are meant to be temporary solutions.

Don’t tape or staple them to walls, floors or other surfaces. 

Check cords for damage. 

Ensure that cords do not have damage to them from animal bites, bending, storage or other things. If you see any damage, do not use the cord. 

If an extension cord is hot to the touch, immediately stop using it. 

Unplug the cord immediately to prevent fire hazards.