Preventing Electrocutions Associated with Portable Generators Plugged Into Household Circuits
- Only use extension cords that have been approved by an independent testing laboratory.
- Be on the lookout for overloaded, worn or damaged cords.
- Do not cover cords with carpets, furniture, or appliances.
- Keep cords out of the reach of children.
- Always use GFCI protection when using an extension cord outdoors.
- Never cut off the ground pin or use a cord missing the pin.
- Never plug an extension cord into another extension cord.
- Always make sure cords are properly rated for their intended use.
- Never use an indoor cord outdoors.
- Many electrical fires can be traced to overheated circuits.
- Too many cords used improperly overload a circuit, causing it to overheat.
- Avoid using multi-armed plugs and only use extension cords as temporary solutions.
- Never place a space heater near furniture or drapes and keep three feet from flammable items.
Keep space heaters away from children and pets and never leave unattended.
Only use space heaters equipped with an automatic shutoff in case they tip over.
Space heaters should be plugged directly into the wall outlet. If an extension cord must be used, only use the shortest possible heavy duty cord.