It’s likely that when you think of cords, your main concern is hiding them from view in your holiday decorations. However, cords of all kinds need to be properly inspected, used and stored to reduce your risk of a fire. Follow these tips to help you keep cords out of sight but also safely on your mind.
When using an extension cord, select a cord that is long enough to meet your needs. Never attempt to extend the length of an extension cord by connecting it with another extension cord.
Check that all electrical items, including extension cords, are certified by a nationally recognized independent testing lab, such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL), Intertek (ETL), or Canadian Standards Association (CSA).
Extension cords should only be used on a temporary basis.
Do not place power cords and extension cords in high traffic areas or under carpets, rugs or furniture.
Be sure it is not placed at an angle or position in way that pinches the cord.
Never nail or staple cords to the wall or baseboard which can damage the wire insulation.
Never remove the ground pin (the third prong) to make a three-prong plug fit a two-prong outlet.
Make sure extension cords are properly rated for their intended use, indoor or outdoor, and meet or exceed the power needs of the item being used.
Do not run extension cords through walls or ceilings. This may cause the cord to overheat, creating a fire hazard.
Insert plugs fully so that no part of the prongs is exposed when the extension cord is in use.