safe to plug antique appliances into modern outlets?

SunnybrookFarmJune 7, 2014

I inherited some antique electrical appliances that work great - the cords are fabric covered and in great shape, but they have two prongs instead of three. Is this safe or do I need some type of adapter? Many thanks if anyone can answer this question. Someone told me it was dangerous to plug old appliances into modern wiring. They were manufactured in the 20's...

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Ron Natalie

Someone was wrong.

Even modern appliances frequently don't have grounded (three prong) cords if there is no exposed metal, etc...

If your older cords are in good condition, no fraying, cuts, burned spots, etc... and the cord is securely connected at the plug and appliance ends, they should work fine.

If you want extra protection, make sure whatever receptacle you plug them into has GFCI protection.

    Bookmark   June 7, 2014 at 5:51PM
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If the wiring and appliance is indeed in good condition, it should be as safe now as it was in the 20s.

    Bookmark   June 7, 2014 at 5:52PM
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Thank you for the replies! I really appreciate the info.

    Bookmark   June 7, 2014 at 6:04PM
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Ron Natalie

In fact, it's safer to plug it in to a modern outlet than into an old one. They aren't matched sets you know.

    Bookmark   June 8, 2014 at 7:43AM
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Okay... but to be fair - older appliances are almost always metal and not grounded and would guess aren't UL approved in many cases. Don't expect the same product safety awareness as we have now.

Use them on a GFI and unplug them when you are done.

I have a very cool old waffle iron that I still use - but only on a GFI outlet.

    Bookmark   June 8, 2014 at 11:01AM
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