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Extension Cord Safety

Do's and Don'ts of Extension Cords

  • Use an extension cord only as a temporary connection.
  • When using extension cords outdoors, make sure they are labeled for outdoor use.
  • Install GFCI receptacles where cords will be used outdoors.
  • Use a heavy-duty, grounded, three-pronged cord when working with power tools.
  • Replace extension cords with worn or cracked insulation.
  • Don't run extension cords across foot traffic areas or near water.
  • Don't place furniture or other heavy objects on top of extension cords.
  • Don't overload extension cords - be particularly careful about plugging multiple appliances into a single extension cord.


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