Extension Cord Concerns and Cautions
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Type:  Lessons Learned

Publisher:  Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, CA

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Topics:  Electrical, Occupational Safety and Health

Electrical cords, including extension cords, have been involved in several electrical shock, overheating, and smoke/fire incidents in the DOE complex. The typical contributor is damage that is visually apparent and which resulted from a single action. Extension cords present special concerns - concealed damage and improper use. Damaged plugs, receptacles and cords can result in higher and possibly damaging temperatures at the compromised locations and in the remaining unbroken conductor strands.

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