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Safely Using Extension Cords

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Extension cords are a simple and effective way of getting power to hard-to-reach places. But used improperly, they pose a serious fire risk. Certain cords are made for certain jobs.

Here are things to consider when purchasing an extension cord:

  • If it’s an outdoor project, only use cords that are marked for use outdoors.
  • Read the instructions for information of the amount of power the cord draws.
  • Use cords approved by an independent testing lab.

Use extension cords as intended:

  • Never remove the grounding pin to fit a cord into a two-pronged outlet.
  • Do not power multiple appliances with one cord.
  • Don’t plug multiple extension cords into one another.
  • If a cord feels hot to the touch, dispose of it.
  • Do not coil a cord when it is in use.
  • Never attach cords to surfaces with nails or staples.

The proper care and storage of a cord will help contribute to its longevity.

  • Always store a cord indoors.
  • Pull the plug and not the cord when unplugging from an outlet.
  • Unplug cords when they are not in use.
  • Be mindful of where you are placing extension cords. They are a serious tripping hazard when poorly placed. If you have one running through an area of heavy foot traffic, mark it so people know it’s there.

Know the risks! Take the proper precautions! Get an insurance policy in place today for your home or business.

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