Safety share: 10 things to avoid with extension cords
This time of year, there is increased use of extension cords. Shorter daylight hours can call for additional indoor and outdoor lighting, and using an electric snow blower might require an extension cord, as well.
Before using an extension cord, check the cord for damage or frayed wires and make sure the grounding prong is present on outdoor extension cords. Also, be sure to keep children and animals away from extension cords.
10 things to avoid for safe extension cord use
- 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.
- Don’t run extension cords across floors or doorways.
- Don’t force a plug into an outlet.
- Don’t overuse an extension cord to the point that it overheats.
- Don’t cover a cord with a rug or carpet.
- Don’t drive over an extension cord.
- Don’t plug a three-prong plug into a two-hole socket.
- Don’t attach extension cords to the wall with nails or staples.
Additional information is available in this safety share, courtesy of Frank Curran (HSE). Please print this information and use it to help kick off a team discussion at your next meeting with colleagues and/or staff.
Each month a safety share submitted by an individual will be selected to receive a Spot Award for demonstrated safety leadership. The Spot Award program offers three award levels: gold ($100), silver ($50) and bronze ($25).