Safe Extension Cord Practices

  • When purchasing an extension cord, select a cord which is rated for the desired use, for example, a desk lamp, a 13 amp portable saw or a computer.
  • Make sure that the extension cord is plugged into a properly wired receptacle.
  • Utility extension cords plugged into a ground fault interrupter receptacle for yard or power tools should follow the guide on the extension cord package.
  • One standard, indoor-use extension cord to connect a table or floor lamp to a receptacle.
  • Temporary use according to instructions; for example, Christmas tree lights.
  • Always use the shortest extension cord possible.

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