Houston Home Service Experts

Limit Extension Cords to Reduce Risk of Fire

Recently Universal Home Experts shared an important home safety message, ‘Overloaded.’ We would like to provide more information on that topic.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates there are about 4,600 fires associated with extension cords each year. Apart from the injuries associated with these fires, there are about 2,200 shock-related injuries from extension cords each year.

The organization recommends every one follow these safety tips when using extension cords:

·         Don’t use extension cords unless absolutely necessary

·         Always use 3- wire extension cords for appliances with 3- prong plugs

·         When disconnecting, always pull from the plug- not the cord

·         Never overload extension cords

·         Don’t run extension cords under carpet or rugs