Source: www.cableorganizer.com (March/April, 2012, Home Magazine)
- Extension cords are classified for either indoor or outdoor use. Outdoor-rated cords are stronger for temperature changes, moisture, UV rays, and (sometimes) chemicals. Never use an indoor-rated cord outside.
- Always check to see that your device doesn't exceed the cord's wattage rating, including multiple devices. Overheating and fire may occur. If you don't know the device's rating contact the product's manufacturer.
- AMPS/Volts vs. Watts: Multiply the number of amps by the number of volts.
- Always purchase cords that have the UL symbol.
- Don't use cords with cut or damaged insulation. Exposed wires can put you at risk for fire, burns and electrical shock.
- Never cut, file, etc., a cord or plug blades to make it fit into an outlet. You may need to simply replace the receptacle (box).
- As long as a cord is plugged into an outlet (whether on or off), it's using "electric." Budgeting households, electric bill, don't waste.
- Block unused opening with outlet covers for kids and pets.