Comment: The use of extension cords are the leading cause of electrical fires and can cause injury if used improperly. There are an estimated 3,300 residential fires that originate from improper use of electrical extension cords. More than 300 people are killed and/or injured each year from electrical extension cords. Many of the injuries involve fractures, laceratons, contusions, or sprains caused from tripping over the cords. So keep the below safety features in mind to help make both your office space and home more safe. Dennis Hilton, For The Company Safety Council
General: Electrical extension cords are used in many office buildings and worksites, and should be treated with caution. Many State Divisions of Workers’ Compensation reminds workers that correct use of extension cords is an important component of on-the-job electrical safety.
The following are do’s and don’ts that pertain to ensuring a safe environment wherever an electrical extension cord may be present.
Conclusion: An office space that relies heavily on the use of extension cords may be an indication that there too few outlets to cover your electrical needs. If this is the case, you may want to send a maintenance request to have your electrical needs evaluated for more outlets.