Electrical Permits

Learn safety tips and the codes to abide by when doing electrical work in your home or business.


  • Do use extension cords only on a temporary basis and within the limitations on the product label.
  • Do put safety covers on unused receptacle outlets and extension cords.
  • Do unplug the appliance and call an electrician if the receptacle faceplate feels hot or if there is sparking, smoke or odor coming from the outlet, plug or appliance.
  • Do examine cords (appliance and extension cords) regularly for signs of wear and tear and damage to insulation.
  • Do unplug all non-essential electrical appliances when not in use.
  • Do test GFCIs periodically according to manufacturer's instructions to determine that they are working properly.
  • DO only use extension cords that have been listed by a recognized certification organization.


  • Don't use extension cords as a permanent substitute for inadequate house wiring.
  • Don't attach extension cords to the wall with nails or staples and don't use extension cords that are worn or damaged.
  • Don't put extension cords under rugs or in high traffic areas; don't rest anything on an extension cord.
  • Don't overload cords with more than the proper electrical load.
  • Don't touch any appliance near water; e.g, a sink or a bathtub, etc.
  • Don't place any appliance cord so that it will come in contact with a hot surface.
  • Don't leave any wiring exposed in outlets and switches. Obtain the correct sized faceplate.
  • Don't ignore switches or receptacle outlets that don't work. Obtain the help of a qualified electrician.
  • Don't let extension cords hang over counter tops where children can pull an appliance off the counter.