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.
- 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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Questions? Contact Minna Gelder, email@example.com, 503.399.6483