Extension cords are more dangerous than you might think. 

Although you may not realize it, extension cords can be incredibly dangerous, and in our last blog, our electrician in Cincinnati went over a few of the main dangers that are associated with extension cords. However, there are certain things you can do to ensure that you’re using your extension cords safely.

Tips for extension cord safety:

  • Extension cords are designed for temporary use, so you should always unplug them at the end of the day.
  • Make sure you are only using outdoor extension cords outside and indoor extension cords inside.
  • Always inspect your extension cords for damage before you use them.
  • If an extension cord feels hot or is damaged, don’t use it!
  • Never run an extension cord through the ceiling or walls, as this can lead to overheating and electrical fires.
  • Never use nails, staples or anything that could pierce the cord when you secure an extension cord.
  • Keep extension cords out of high-traffic areas and walkways to avoid tripping hazards.
  • Never remove the grounding prong on an extension cord to make it fit in a two-pronged outlet.
  • Make sure that you plug your extension cord in completely so that the prongs aren’t exposed.
  • Always buy high-quality extension cords, and make sure they are certified by a testing laboratory that is nationally recognized.
  • Pay attention to the extension cord’s wattage rating to make sure that you don’t overload it.

Extension cords are much more dangerous than most people realize, and it’s important to make sure that you are using them safely and properly. Do you have questions or concerns? Contact us!