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:
Using an extension cord incorrectly is a recipe for disaster. Make sure you’re not using one as permanent wiring, daisy chaining (plugging one extension cord into another and another, etc.), or using one surge protector or power strip to power another.
FIRE PREVENTION: It starts with you
The leading causes of workplace fires are electrical failures, the misuse of electrical equipment, friction, open flames and smoking. That’s why we’re counting on you to reduce the risk of fire by practicing the following fire prevention tips:
Be accountable…immediately notify a supervisor if you notice a potential fire hazard.