Extension Cord Safety – Home Improvement

Your tree is decorated and your lights are strung. How many extension cords have you used? Do your outlets look like Clark Griswold’s? Let’s hope not. Every year 3,300 residential fires originate in extension cords, and every year, 4,000 injuries associated with extension cords are treated in hospital emergency rooms. Here’s some advice to keep everyone safe this holiday season.
-Don’t push furniture, draperies or anything flammable against a cord, especially where it joins the plug. You can purchase angle extension cords
for use in corners or behind furniture.
-Check the cord and plug for excessive heat. Some warming is normal, but if the cord is hot or the plastic is becoming soft, it should be replaced.
-Don’t use staples or nails to attach extension cords to a surface.
-Don’t overload extension cords by plugging in appliances that draw more watttage than the cords are rated for.
-When in use for outdoor decorations, use only extension cords made for outdoor use.
-Never remove the third prong from a plug. It’s a safety featured designed to help prevent shock.
-Make sure cords don’t dangle from counters or tables where they can be tripped over, and keep them out of the flow of foot traffic.
Please stay safe, and have a great holiday season!

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