Important Electrical Cord Safety Tips Every Homeowner Must Know

Extension cords can be lifesavers, but they also come with a risk. Before you decide to use one to route your TV across the living room or bring some power to that hard-to-reach lamp, make sure you understand the risks.

Extension cords are temporary solutions. Despite what their name implies, these cords aren't meant to become extensions of your home's built-in electrical system. Learning how to properly use an extension cord and practicing these safety tips can prevent accidental fire, injury and property damage.

How to Use an Extension Cord

According to the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI), extension cords should never be used as a permanent wire. If you need to use extension cords just to keep your home up and running, it's best to speak with an HVAC and electrical company, like us, about updating and expanding your electrical system with new outlets.

Follow Proper Installation Techniques

  • Never staple or nail an extension cord to baseboards or the wall. Avoid doing anything that punctures the cord's protective outer layer. Never run a cord through snow or water.

  • Do not run an extension cord through a wall, as this can lead to overheating and a fire.

  • When inserting an extension cord, make sure the prongs fit entirely into the outlet so no metal is exposed.

  • You should only purchase extension cords from reputable sources. Look for products that have been approved by testing labs like UL, CSA or ETL.

Need More Outlets?

Contact us today at Fox & Sons to explore your electricity options. Our expert team of electricians can help you make the right upgrades for your home in a safe, affordable manner! Reach out and schedule an appointment online or call (800) 716-4990.