8 Safety Guidelines for Extension Cords

Avoid fires and accidents with these reminders


For ease and convenience, we often use extension cords to keep wires in one area. However, without proper care, it can overhear and cause fires.

Keep in mind that it's best to determine the wattage of the cord and the appliances that you'll plug in before you use it. Here are safety tips to guide you. 

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Keep these tips in mind:
  • Keep cords away from areas that have heat sources—i.e. near the refrigerator or oven.
  • If you have children at home, cover the unused outlets with electrical tape to prevent your little ones from placing an object inside or playing with the cord.
  • Avoid using indoor extension cords when plugging outdoor appliances or lighting fixtures.
  • Don’t leave your cords dangling as it may cause someone to trip and fall. Keep them organized using hooks and zip ties.

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  • If the cord is too hot, disconnect it immediately. This could be a sign that the cord is overloaded with appliances.
  • Avoid placing the extension cord in high traffic areas such as the hallway or kitchen. Conceal them in corners.
  • Use polarized extension cords for polarized appliances only.
  • Use extension cords on a temporary basis only, do not use it as permanent wiring.

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