Safety Short – Extension Cord Safety

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Using extension cords properly is critical to your safety. With continu­ous use over time, an extension cord can rapidly deteriorate, creating a potentially dangerous electric shock or fire hazard. 

Do:

  • Check cords for damage before use.
  • Ensure all equipment and extension cords have the mark of an independent testing laboratory.
  • Fully insert the plug of an extension cord into an outlet.
  • Keep extension cords away from water.
  • Use ground fault circuit interrupters in damp environments.
  • Store extension cords indoors.
  • Unplug extension cords when not in use.
  • Only use extension cords temporarily; permanent wiring should be installed when use of the cords is no longer temporary.

Don’t:

  • Daisy chaining cords (plugging cords together). 
  • Use an indoor extension cord in outdoor environments.
  • Attempt to plug extension cords into one another.
  • Use an extension cord that has a lower wattage rating than the tool being used with it.
  • Overload cords.
  • Force a plug into an outlet.
  • Use a wet extension cord.
  • Overheat an extension cord.
  • Drive over a cord.
  • Drag an extension cord.
  • Place cords under rugs or carpets or in busy areas.

If you are interested in safety and would like to join the Safety Committee please send your interest to safetysaves@chemeketa.edu

Questions? Contact Minna Gelder, minna.gelder@chemeketa.edu, 503.399.6483