Outdoor extension cords have cord jackets made of durable materials designed to slow deterioration due to moisture and to ultraviolet rays from the sun. But long exposure outside may break down the materials and cause a short circuit, shock, or fire. Make it a habit to unplug and store extension cord sets indoors.
- Keep the cord fully extended while in use to avoid danger of overheating.
- Don’t use any extension cord set or electrical tool in the rain or when you are barefoot in wet grass or on any wet surface.
- Do not hang cords over nails, beams, or pipes. This puts stress on the cord jacket.
- Inspect the cord. If it is damaged, don’t use it and don’t try to fix it yourself. Take it to a qualified service centre for repair or replace it.
- Keep outdoor wall receptacle covers closed when not in use.
- Extension cords should be used only as a temporary connection. If permanent wiring is required, have additional outlets installed by a licensed electrician.
- Extension cords should not be linked together, instead use an extension cord that is long enough to do the job.