Using extension cords correctly during the holiday season

Published: Oct. 3, 2022 at 3:32 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Just after 6pm on Friday, September 30th, a structure fire was reported in the 500 block of E. 15th Street in Casper.

When Casper Fire-EMS arrived, they found the house was on fire, and promptly extinguished the flame.

The home sustained enough damage that the family was not able to immediately return home, and one pet was unfortunately killed in the fire.

Fire crews discovered that the fire was caused by overloaded electrical extension cords.

We reached out to Dane Andersen at the Casper Fire-EMS Department to learn more about how to properly use extension cords and protect your house, especially with the holiday season approaching.

“With the holiday season coming up, and also Halloween coming up... Any sort of electrical decorations or appliances, make sure those are plugged into an outlet when you’re using them, and don’t power them by an extension cord. And if you do have to use an extension cord, use just the one. Don’t be plugging in a bunch of extension cords together in what we call like a “daisy chain” formation. Use the one, then when you’re done fold it up and put it away.”

He also recommended not plugging electronics and appliances into plugs that are not rated for that type of appliance or power level.

If you have any questions about powering lights, you should reach out to an electrician who can help you.