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First of all, you need to be knowledgeable when purchasing an extension cord. You need to determine where you’d be using that extension cord, and for what purposes. Will it be inside or outside the house? What kind of appliances will it be for? What is the wattage of the appliance? Will those appliances be used all at the same time? It is very important to ask these questions because each time you get it right, you are taking a step closer to safety for your home. But if you use extension cords the wrong way, you would be exposing yourself to serious danger. Here are some ways you could misuse your extension cords:

Using an indoor extension cord outdoors, and vice versa.

Extension cords are wired differently for different uses. Make sure to check the label first before using an extension cord.

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Using an appliance that exceeds the wattage capacity of the extension cord.

Of course, the extension cord wouldn’t be able to power your appliance properly, which can cause sparks that can turn into a fire.

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Placing the extension cord on high-traffic areas.

Placing your extension cord on areas like doorways, staircases, and other places where people frequently go will pose a risk not only to ruining the extension cord, but also bad accidents.

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Using an extension cord for long periods of time.

Your extension cord is not Superman; like all other appliances, unplug when not in use. Prolonged use of extension cords will lead to faster deterioration, thus posing a greater risk to harm.

damaged extension cord

Using a damaged or hot extension cord.

This will also expose you to fires and injuries, especially if you touch the exposed inner conductors of a damaged cord. The same goes for using a really old and worn out extension cord. Also, do not use electrical tape to repair an extension set.


Nailing or stapling extension cords.

Electricity wouldn’t flow smoothly with these disturbances in your cord. Plus, since nails and staple wires are conductors of electrical flow, touching these while the extension cord is plugged may electrocute you. And it’s not cute at all.

half plugged extension cords

Half-plugging extension cords.

Touching the prongs of the cord while it is plugged halfway is a common reason why extension cords get burned. Make sure to always insert the plug to the outlet all the way.


Running extension cords through walls or ceilings.

This can cause the cord to overheat, exposing your house to a potential fire.

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Using coiled cords.

I know, I know, it’s such a hassle to coil and uncoil your extension cord especially if the appliance isn’t THAT far from the outlet. But let me just inform you that using coiled cords also poses a risk to fires, which will turn out to be much more of a hassle in the end.


These precautions may be a lot for an extension cord, but imagine the repercussions when you miss out on any of them. Like they always say, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

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check labelsExtension cords vary in length, size (wire gauge), wattage, thickness, and materials used depending on the manufacturer. While some are for indoors, others are for outdoors. As such you have to note the following tips on how to use them safely before you plug in to save you from possible injuries and/or property damages.

5 Ways of Using Extension Cords for Your Protection

1. Check the labels.

As previously mentioned, not all extension cords are the same. Though they may seem similar in appearance, you cannot plug your electric appliances to them quickly without knowing how they should work. Often when you buy an extension cord, it comes with important information such as ampere, wattage and voltage ratings. Take note of it.

Aside from knowing which devices you can plug in and the number of devices in the extension cord, you should also read through the labels that are on the cord itself. The wattage rating is most important. Don’t think that you can plug in your TV, computer, microwave and refrigerator at the same time just because you see that there are four outlets available  in the extension cord. Each cord in varying lengths has a different capacity. Usually the larger the wire is, the more power it can hold.

 outdoor extension cord2. Identify if the cord can be used outdoors.

Households normally use extension cords inside the house. But for those who have a swimming pool, garden, patio and garage area, you might also need to connect your appliance or electrical device to  extension cords particularly when no socket outlet is available outdoors. So note whether the extension cords you are considering to purchase would be suitable for outdoor use else it might result to fire hazard or electric shocks.

When not in use, organize your extension cords inside as they will be prone to deterioration faster when not organized and kept.

loose extension cords3. Plug extension cords completely.

Most of the time, we do not notice that our plugs are loosely connected to our outlets or extension outlets. This may cause grounding, malfunctions and if prolonged, burns. We had encountered this ourselves. Due to our extension cord being used here and there in our home, the plugs connected to it got loose. One day, we noticed one of the outlets was already blackish.

4. Store extension cords properly.

Besides using the extension cords suitably indoors and outdoors, you should also know where it’s safest to place them. For instance, some of the best examples are under light furniture and empty spaces. The worst places to put the extensions cords are below the sofa, underneath the rugs and those hidden places that can be most untidy as they will be damaged easily and have exposed wires which make your house susceptible to burns.

5. Cover unused openings.cover outlets

You won’t be using all outlets at the same time all the time. Also, you might want to save inactive or passive electric energy that adds on to your electricity bill. So when unused, cover the outlets with outlet covers. This is also a way to prevent your children and/or pets from harm and hazards.

Your family is most important and to keep them safe, run through this checklist for using your extension cords safely. Take precautions on overheating issues and go to your electrician for advice when such problems occur.

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