Extension Cord Safety

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Extension Cord Safety

When installing new technology, you will undoubtedly be dealing with extension cords to help plug your many electronics in. Here are some electrical cord safety tips when dealing with extension cords, courtesy of the National Electrical Safety Foundation and also the Office of Engineering Safety in Texas, which develops safety policies and procedures for electronics.

  • They should not be used as a substitute for permanent wiring
  • They should not be used on equipment drawing more than 15 amps, such as refrigerators
  • They should not run through, behind or in walls, ceilings or floors or other concealed space
  • They should not be run through ventilation ducts
  • Do not place them under carpets, under doors or other locations that will subject them to abrasion or damage
  • Do not place across walkways or doorways because they will become a tripping hazard
  • Do not splice or tape broken cords or cords with damaged insulation -- throw them out
  • Do not use them near flammable gases or vapors or explosive dusts
  • Do not overload them
  • Use them on a temporary basis. They are not meant for permanent household wiring
  • Make sure they have safety enclosures to prevent young children from shock hazards and mouth burn injuries



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