An extension cord can be a handy, temporary way to place electrical equipment wherever you’d like it. But if used improperly, extension cords can cause serious injury or even death.
Did you know about 4,000 injuries a year are associated with electric extension cords?
It is also estimated that about 3,300 residential fires originate from extension cords each year, killing 50 people and injuring about 270 others.
Keep your home and family safe by reminding yourself of the following safety tips the next time you use an extension cord:
- Use extension cords only when necessary and only on a temporary basis. Do not use extension cords in place of permanent wiring.
- Only use extension cords rated for outdoor use when perform electrical-aided tasks outside.
- Do not run cords above ceiling tiles or through walls. Extension cords are NOT made for permanent use.
- Keep electrical cords away from areas where they may be pinched and areas where they may pose a tripping or fire hazard (e.g., doorways, walkways, under carpets, etc.).
- Never unplug an extension cord by pulling on the cord; pull on the plug.