Here are some tips from the TSSA on electrical cords:
Frayed or damaged extension cords or cord ends can expose wires, resulting in potential shock and fire hazards. Incorrect use of extension cords can create potential shock and fire hazards.
Here are some safety tips to remember when using extension cords:
- Always check to ensure they bear the mark of a recognized certification agency. Click here for a list of agencies.
- Check cords regularly and replace if they are worn or damaged. Look for worn insulation, splices on the cord and loose or exposed plug parts.
- Select the appropriate cord for the application, note some cords are designed for interior use only, and others for exterior use.
- Extension cords are normally rated in amps, and must be used within the ampere rating. Follow manufacturer’s instructions and, if you have questions, contact the manufacturer.
- Never run cords around doorways, under carpeting and/or furniture where they could be damaged.
- If outdoors, ensure connections are above the ground and away from water and high traffic areas.
- Never remove the third prong, or try to force a three-pronged plug into a two pronged outlet.
- It’s recommended to unplug extension cords that aren’t in use.
- Extension cords are only to be used for temporary purposes. They do not replace the need for installation of outlets and proper wiring where necessary.
- Consult with a licensed electrical contractor for information on how you can update your home’s wiring system.