Extension Cord Safety

Wednesday December 18, 2013

Wendy600px"Winter is a good time to take inventory of tools & equipment and check for safety hazards." Wendy Light | wlight@peabodyinc.com The basics Extension cords make work tasks easier and more convenient. However, they can also pose serious burn, shock and tripping hazards if you do not use them properly. Prior to use, read the label describing the usage, size and wattage ratings. The gauge rating on the extension cord is indicated by a number corresponding to electrical items that you can plug into the cord. The rule of thumb is, the smaller the gauge number, the larger the power wattage of the electrical item. To prevent unnecessary extension cord-related injuries on the job, follow these safety tips:
  • Use cords with the UL marking, which indicate that the cord has been tested for safety hazards.
  • Unplug cords when they are not in use since they still conduct electricity in the outlet, even if they are not connected to an appliance or tool.
  • Never use cords that are damaged or cut. Notify your supervisor of these defects right away to avoid injuries.
  • Never run an extension cord if it creates a tripping hazard.