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Chat with Chalmers: Electrical Cord Safety Helps Protect your Buildings from Fire Loss

December 23, 2020

As you create your to-do list for next summer, keep in mind one project that is important but often overlooked: the use of extension cords. We can all raise our hands honestly and say that we have, at some point, improperly used an extension cord. Have you ever put your hand on a cord and felt how hot it was? Or seen a cord in use that is frayed? Or do you have a cord that has been plugged into the same outlet for years?

Electrical Cord Safety: Help Protect Your Buildings from Fire Loss

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), electrical cords and temporary wiring account for over 25 percent of the estimated 81,000 electrical system fires that occur each year. These fires can be prevented by limiting the use of electrical cords and temporary wiring, and by regular inspection and proper maintenance when they are used. The supply of readily available electrical outlets is often inadequate, especially in older buildings. To meet power supply needs, electrical cords or surge protected power strips are often used.

The good news is that there are many ways to maintain a safe setup in your camp. Safe electrical cord usage is an important topic that needs to be practiced by both you, the employer, and by your employees. The key element to remember is that electrical cords are for temporary use only and permanent wiring needs to be installed when use is no longer temporary.

"What do I need to know about electrical cord usage?"  
Here are some tips to keep in mind: 

DO

DON'T

 

 Remember, electrical cords are for temporary use and not meant to be a permanent solution to supply power.

- Your Chalmers Camp Insurance Team

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