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More than 3,000 house fires are attributed to the incorrect use of extension cords each year, according to the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI). Furthermore, the organization says that annually 4,000 people visit the emergency room for extension cord-related injuries. Stay safe when working with extension cords by using at least the minimum wire gauge required for your power tool, and ensuring that the cord is rated for outdoor use if you're working outside. Also, secure the cord to the ground with duct tape to prevent injuries caused by tripping over the cord.
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