Extension Cord Safety


  • Extension cords are a temporary wiring solution.
  • Grasp the plug when removing cords from outlets.
  • Avoid overheating by using extension cords of the proper size for the load they will carry.
  • Use an extension cord as short as practical.
  • Regularly check cords for damage, never repair by splicing, discard old or worn cords. Cords should never be placed under rugs or covered, this may cause overheating.
  • Do not roll or loop cords, this may also cause overheating.
  • Avoid using "octopus plugs" which allow many cords to be plugged into a single receptacle.