Extension Cord Safety

Extension Cord Safety:

What You Might Not Know about Choosing a Cord

During the holiday season, families often string together extension cords without a second thought – after all, all cords are created equal, right? Think again.

Just because the extension cord has the length to reach the outlet across the room, it doesn’t mean it’s the right one for the task at hand. If the tool, appliance or holiday display is drawing more current than an extension cord can carry, it may cause the cord (and whatever is connected to it) to overheat and start a fire. Fortunately, all cords are labeled with wattage restrictions to help you make smart connection decisions.

To keep your family safe, UL recommends that you follow these simple steps when using any extension cord: