Root Bell Circle, Licensed Master Electrician, answers your questions about electricity and safety EXTENSIONI I have the good luck of working with several real estate professionals serving the public in the Old Bridge area. My skills are tested as a result of home inspections carried out by highly trained specialized companies in this field. One location in the house that particularly catches my eye is the attic. On many occasions, I have seen dangerous electrical installations out of the way in this place. Using extension cords to connect anything to the home is an accident waiting to happen. The preferred extension cord appears to be the 3-wire outdoor type which can be found in various colors. This material is not a National Electrical Code approved wiring method and is therefore not safe. A homeowner installed a receptacle in their attic with an extension cord, then moved to wired ceiling fans with the same material. When finished, all that had to be done was to plug an extension cord into the receptacle to power the newly incorrectly wired ceiling fans. Just because it works doesn’t mean it’s safe. Please, when dealing with a home project, consult a professional or “how to” book to maintain your home in one piece and your family. Remember, knowledge is power – don’t you should leave your questions emailed to:[email protected]ROOT ELECTRIC703-494-3989 put your safety first since 1986.