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are designed to be conveniences, not hazards. But too often the people who use
them convert them into hazards. Let us go over some of the ways these safety
hazards are formed.
are often placed in areas where people aren’t used to having them around, and
a tripping hazard results. This type of hazard is one of the more common ones;
so, when you use an extension cord, try to keep it out of aisles and other
places where pedestrians might trip over it. When someone trips over a cord, there is not only a chance of
injury but the plug may be jerked to the extent that it’s damaged, making it
an electrical hazard.
right extension cord for the job can eliminate many hazards to start with.
All cords should be UL listed, properly grounded, and meet other
applicable electrical code specifications. If you’re using portable electrical
equipment, the equipment should be properly grounded.
are items that get considerable usage. Appropriate
cords should be used with portable electric tools.
If moisture, heat,
or chemicals are present, be sure your cord is the proper type to resist the
conditions there. A word of
caution, if you make a good connection with a live wire carrying even 110 volts,
it can be fatal. Wet or sweaty hands make a dangerous connection when at the
same time they are in contact with a good ground like a wet surface.
Actually, a lot
of the strains on current-carrying parts of extension cords can be prevented by
use of heavy-duty plugs, which are clamped to the cord. This is particularly
helpful in cases where the cord is accidentally pulled or jerked.
It is important to inspect extension cords often and, if they are
damaged, do not use them.
SAFETY REMINDER: “Electricity is a silent killer. Use it wisely”
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