Don’t let your extension cords become potential fire hazards
Extension cords are a common and convenient way to bring power to electrical devices. But used without proper caution, they can become fire hazards and pose risks to your personal safety.
Follow below tips to help keep your home safe when using extension cords.
1. Purchase only cords that have been approved by an independent testing laboratory.
2. For outdoor projects, use only extension cords marked for outdoor use.
3. Read the instructions (if available) for information about the cord's correct use and the amount of power it draws.
4. Select cords that are rated to handle the wattage of the devices with which they'll be used. A cord's gauge indicates its size: The smaller the number, the larger the wire and the more electrical current the cord can safely handle.
5. Consider the length you'll need. Longer cords can't handle as much current as shorter cords of the same gauge.
6. Choose cords with polarized or three-prong plugs.
For use with larger appliances, thick, round, low-gauge extension cords are best. For smaller appliances and electronics, you can use thin or flat cords.