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ELECTRICAL SAFETY: EXTENSION CORDS

Electrical outlets aren’t always available in the exact location where they are needed. When the need for electricity is temporary, extension cords can be a quick way to supply the necessary power to get a job done. Extension cords must not be used in place of permanent wiring, and they must be used correctly to maintain safety. Every year, electrical wiring violations make OSHA’s Top Ten List. One of the most common violations is the misuse of extension cords.

 

DO:

 

• Inspect extension cords before each use

• Discard cords that are cut, frayed, damaged or have missing ground plugs, exposed wires or  

    are wrapped with any kind of tape (duct tape, electrical tape, etc.)

• Use extension cords only for temporary power needs

• Use cords with three prongs

• Use ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) protectors, especially outdoors and for

    maintenance projects

• Remove cords when the job is finished

• Disconnect cords at the plug rather than by pulling on the cord

• Prevent cord damage by putting cable protectors over any cord that crosses a walkway

• To prevent pinching, coil cords properly and not by wrapping them around your arm

 

DO NOT:

 

• Run cords through doorways, ceilings, walls, windows or any other opening

• Do not conceal cords in walls or floors

• Snake cords around sharp corners

• Use extension cords in place of permanent wiring

• Put carpeting, cardboard or anything other than a cable protector over an extension cord

• Connect two extension cords

• Use cords longer than 100 feet

• Remove the grounding prong on the plug

• Wrap duct tape or electrical tape on a damaged cord

 

Sources:

https://newpig.scene7.com/is/content/NewPig/pdfs/PL_TOOLBOXTALK_EXTENSION_CORDS.pdf