Most of us use extension cords on a daily basis without a second thought. 

Take a moment to look behind your TV or desk. Chances are, you’ll find an extension cord or two. Extension cords help us to utilize more outlets without having to install them, but not many people realize that they can actually be incredibly dangerous. The following is a list from our electrician in Cincinnati, OH of the three main hazards of extension cords:

#1. Tripping

According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, approximately 4,000 extension cord-related injuries are treated in American hospitals every year, and around half of all of those extension cord injuries that we mentioned are lacerations, sprains, contusions and fractures from tripping over extension cords. When you use an extension cord, make sure that it is far away from the walkways or high traffic areas in your home.

#2. Fires

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission has also estimated that there are approximately 3,300 residential fires that are caused by damaged or improperly used extension cords every year. Shorted circuits, damaged extension cords, extension cord misuse and overloaded extension cords are the main causes of fires related to extension cords.

#3. Burns

It is all too common for young children to get burned on their mouths due to extension cords. As with anything having to do with electricity in your home, keep your extension cords far away from your kids and pets.

Now that you know the potential dangers of extension cords, it’s time to learn how to use them safely. Stay tuned for our next blog for extension cord safety tips!