If extension cords are used at your workplace or jobsite, workers should be aware of a number of safety “do’s” and “don’ts” before plugging in a cord. 
  • Check cords for damage before use.
  • Ensure cords have the mark of an independent testing laboratory, such as UL.
  • Make sure the cord is completely plugged into an outlet.
  • Unplug extension cords when not in use, and store the cords indoors.
  • Keep cords away from water. Ground fault circuit interrupter protection should be used when extension cords are in wet or damp environments.
  • Don’t use a cord outdoors that is marked for indoor use.
  • Don’t plug one cord into another.
  • Don’t run extension cords through walls or holes in the ceiling, and don’t run them across floors or doorways.
  • Don’t force a plug into an outlet.
  • Don’t overheat an extension cord.
  • Don’t cover a cord with a rug or carpet.
  • Don’t drive over an extension cord.

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