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Extension Cord Do’s and Don’ts

Extension Cord Do’s and Don’ts

Who doesn’t love extension cords? They offer so much in terms of convenience both indoors and outdoors. But with great convenience comes great responsibility because extension cords can be dangerous. Here are the Do’s and Don’ts of safely using extension cords:

• Unplug cords when they are not in use.
• Keep cords away from water, and safely out of sight of children and pets.
• Check cords thoroughly before use. If damaged, do not use.
• Check cords for mark of an independent testing laboratory.
• Use extension cords on short-term basis only.

• Plug extension cords together.
• Overload cords.
• Use an extension cord that is wet.
• Hide cords under rugs or carpet.

This is just a short list of the many ways be cautious while using extension cords. For more electrical safety tips, visit

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