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Extension Cord Safety

Extension Cords are among the most used items across every industry and workplace. Often times, electrical outlets are not always easily accessible. Extension cords are very helpful when a quick supply of electricity is needed to get the job done. If extension cords are not handled with the proper caution, they could pose a risk varying from overheating at the slightest to creating a fire hazard at the most, which may create property damage or even death.  

It may seem as if an extension cord is a simple thing to use without thinking, but there are many do’s and don’ts to consider when using it. Follow the best practices and avoid the common unsafe uses listed below to avoid injuries and property damage. Never get complacent when you are using these cords. We must always think of safety first.  

Best ways to handle and use extension cords: 

  • Always inspect the cord before using it
  • Inspect the prongs and check the protective cover that encapsulates the wires inside the cord 
  • Indoor extension cords should not be used outdoors  
  • When the cord is not in use, unplug it 
  • Never pull the cord, always pull the plug  
  • Do not use extension cords as permanent wiring  
  • Extension cords should not be used near or through water, oil or heat
  • Do not plug multiple extension cords into one outlet 
  • Damaged or worn extension cords should be discarded 
  • If you feel that the extension cord is not safe, stop and have an electrician check it out  


This article is provided solely as a reference tool to be used for information purposes only. The information in this article shall not be construed or interpreted as providing legal or any other advice. The information material does not amend the provisions of any insurance policy issued by CompSource Mutual. It is not a representation that coverage does or does not exist for any particular claim or loss under any such policy. Coverage depends on the facts and circumstances involved in the claim or loss, all applicable policy provisions, and any applicable law.

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