Have electrical work performed by licensed professionals. Appliances and electrical cords should be certified by underwriters laboratory (U.L.).
- Avoid plugging in more than one plug per outlet. Failure to do so may lead to overloading of the circuit.
- Discard any item with damaged/frayed wiring.
- The following are extremely hazardous:
- Running wiring under carpets, rugs, or furniture
- Pinching wires when moving furniture
- Daisy chains; connecting multiple extension cords to extend farther
- Piggybacking: plugging a power strip into another power strip connected to one outlet.
Extension Cord Safety
Extension cords are intended as temporary wiring solutions and not for permanent use.
- Use extension cords according to the U.L. rating.
- Never remove an extension cord’s grounding pin to fit into a two-prong outlet.
- Never use indoor extension cords outdoors.
WARNING: If the extension cord becomes hot while using it, immediately unplug the appliance.
Handle batteries carefully, and only use the battery designed for the device.
- Keep lithium-ion batteries at room temperature.
- Avoid excessive charging, direct sunlight, and a hot/humid environment.
- Store separately; away from anything that can catch fire, including other lithium-ion batteries.
- Discontinue use if the battery exhibits the following:
- drop damage
- change in color or shape
- too much heat
- odd noises
- Use charging cords and blocks approved by the manufacturer for the specific device model.
- Replace cords that are damaged, frayed, or sticky to the touch.
- Charge devices, especially cell phones, on a hard, nonflammable surface.
- Never charge devices on beds, couches, or cloth.
- Charge in a cool, ventilated area. Avoid direct sunlight and heat.
- Avoid excessive charging.
- Contact the manufacturer for more information.
- Avoid putting rechargeable batteries in the trash or in piles. Recycling is the best option.
- If you are unsure of how and where to safely discard batteries, visit opala.org.
For more information, safety tips, and checklists, visit www.esfi.org/home-safety.