When the cord for your lamp isn’t long enough to reach the accent table that it looks so pretty on, it’s time to find the good ol’ extension cord to really bring the room together. Extension cords are a great way to increase the reach of electricity in your home without needing to call an electrician. However, with each extension cord we use, we bring dangers into our home that could result in a fire or other type of catastrophic event in the home.

When using extension cords, you need to make sure you are using them safely and correctly. To avoid any dangers associated with an extension cord, there are a few safety tips to keep in mind when plugging in.

Do not overuse a cord. If an extension cord has three plugs, do not plug in more than 3 different appliances. Too many things plugged in can result in overheating and a fire or explosion of sorts. Do not use an extension cord for more than one power-hungry appliance at a time.

Be cautious of where you place your extension cord. Do not allow your extension cord to run through water, snow, or any other water. Make sure it does not run through walls, doorways, ceilings, windows or floors. Make sure it is not fully covered so heat is able to escape as necessary.

Do not substitute extension cords for permanent wiring. If you rely too heavily on extension cords, call an electrician to come install more outlets, which will be safer than overusing cords. Do not chain extension cords together as this can result in too much current going through a single cord at a time.

Never use a damaged cord. If a cord feels too hot, looks damaged, or you have any concerns about its safety, unplug. Replacing a cord is much cheaper than having to deal with a fire caused by a damaged cord.

Use the right amount of prongs. If an outlet has two prongs, do not try to use a three-prong cord. Forcing an outlet into a plug it does not fit in will likely result in a dangerous electrical shock or outage.

Buy high quality cords. Electricity is one place where you never want to skimp on quality. Look for cords that have been approve by an independent testing laboratory and have received a high rating. The better quality cord, the safer it will be in your home.

It is important to exercise caution when using electronics. From a small spark to a large electrical fire, there is never a limit to what you can do to keep your home safe.

For more on keeping your home safe, contact us at Crossfire Alarms.