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Policy: Extension Cord Use 

Date: 07/25/05 Policy ID: SEC-015 Status: Final

Policy Type: University
Contact Office: Environmental Health and Safety
Oversight Executive: Vice President for Research
Applies To: 

Academic Division and the Medical Center.

Table of Contents: Policy Statement
Reason for Policy: To reduce fire hazards and health risks associated with substandard wiring, specifically, extension cords as mandated by the International Fire Code as adopted by the State of Virginia.
Policy Summary: 
Definition of Terms in Statement: 

Extension Cord: Any detachable/portable 110-volt or higher voltage wiring that is used to transfer power from an outlet or power source to a power consuming device. Typically, an extension cord has one male plug on one end and one to three receptacles on the other end.

Permanent Wiring: Wiring that is used for more than 8 hours in a day and is left connected at all times.

Policy Statement: 

Extension cords are not to be used at the University of Virginia as permanent wiring. Instead of using an extension cord, three options exist:

  1. Move the appliance/equipment closer to a building receptacle.
  2. Have a new receptacle installed near the new equipment.
  3. Use a power strip with a circuit breaker.

Use of an extension cord in a temporary situation should be properly secured.

Related Information: 
Policy Background: 
Major Category: Safety, Security and Environmental Quality
Category Cross Reference: 
Next Scheduled Review: 07/25/14
Approved By, Date: Policy Review Committee, 07/25/05
Revision History: Previous version in effect from 3/1/1999 through 7/24/05.
Supersedes (previous policy):  Extension Cord Use XIV.G.1.