#YHSafetyTips - Power Cord Safety

Posted by Kahla Livelsberger in #YHSafetyTips, Jul 12, 2017

Power cord safety is extremely important in the workplace. When precautions are not taken, there can be a fire hazard and you can potentially harm yourself or others. Extension cords come in handy when you don’t have enough cord to plug something in. There are many kinds of cords and gauges you can use depending on the job needed, although you must remember that power cords are only meant to be used temporarily.

-Make sure you buy an outside safe cord if it will be used outside
-Use the correct cord for the amount power it draws. You want to make sure it is rated for the application you are using
-Choose the correct length

-Make sure you always store inside
-Make sure you unplug the cord if you are not using it
-If you come across a damaged cord, throw it away. Do not use it
-Make sure you always pull the power cord by the plug not the cord

-Insert properly into the receptacle so that the prongs are not exposed
-check that the cord was testing in a laboratory
-unplug the cords when not in use

-never use a cord that is damaged
-never use a cord that is too hot
-do not run a cord through the walls or ceilings
-do not nail the cord
-make sure the cord is clear and not pinched or wedged in between any doors, or windows
-make sure you do not have the power cord running across any walkways
-Do not overload the power cord
-do not allow the cord to be exposed to water or moisture
-do not chain power cords together. Only use one at a time

There is more than one type of extension cord. There are two wire and three-wire prong cords. Two wire are usually used for one or two appliances. Make sure you do not use more than that. Three wire are normally used for outside appliances or power tools.

Make sure you always inspect the cord before use to prevent an accident from happening. There shouldn’t be any rips, holes, or damage to the cords. If so, make sure they are replaced immediately. Obeying these do’s and don’ts are extremely important both in the workplace and at home.

If you haven’t read last week’s blogpost on Hydration, read it here.

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