If you built your home from the ground up, you probably have an electrical socket everywhere you could ever want one. For homeowners who purchased already-built homes, extension cords are how you ensure you can plug anything in wherever you want to without worrying about access to electricity. However, easy-to-implement electrical safety tips involve using these modern marvels less frequently.

Why is that? Putting extension cords away helps to reduce tripping hazards in your home. It also prevents the likelihood of causing damage to the socket if someone does trip over it and the cord gets ripped out. A damaged socket can be a fire hazard. If you need more electrical sockets in your home, consider hiring a contractor to install new ones. You’ll be glad you did.