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Extension Cord Tips for Safety

4/5/2018 (Permalink)

Extension cords are one of the most commonly misused items in homes or businesses. Consider the following tips when selecting an extension cord to ensure safe usage.

  • Determine the wattage/size extension cord required to power a device. If connecting two or more appliances, add together the wattage rating for all appliances to prevent overload.
  • Determine whether the cord will be used indoors or outdoors and select appropriately.
  • Do not use extension cords that are cut or damaged. Touching even a single exposed strand of wire can give you an electric shock or burn.
  • Do not keep extension cords plugged in when not in use. The cord will still conduct electricity until it is unplugged.
  • Do not run the cord under carpet or across a doorway.

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