Did you know? According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission,
3,300 residential fires are caused by faulty extension cords each year,
resulting in 50 deaths and 270 injuries. While extension cord safety is
a year round concern, use of these devices is more prominent during the
holidays! Fire caused by faulty plug receptacles, wrong extension cord
use are only a few concerns:
Purchase extension cords from a reputable retailer. Never use an extension
cord that does not carry the UL, ETL or CSA standards from the laboratory.
Make sure extension cords are properly rated for their intended use (either
indoor or outdoor) and that they meet or exceed the power needs of the
device being used.
Do not overload extension cords! All extension cords should be routed through
a GFCI receptacle.
Extension cords are meant to provide a temporary solution and should not
be used as a long-term or permanent circuit.
Keep all outdoor extension cords clear of snow and standing water and well
protected from the elements.
Examine cords before each use. Cracked, frayed, or otherwise damaged cords
should be replaced immediately.
Multiple plugged directly into mounted electrical receptacles; they cannot
be chained together.
Do not run cords through walls, doorways, ceilings or floors.