SEC-015: Extension Cord Use

Date: 07/25/2005 Status: Final
Policy Type: University
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.

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.

Major Category: Safety, Security and Environmental Quality
Approved by, Date: Policy Review Committee, 07/25/2005
Revision History: Previous version in effect from 3/1/1999 through 7/24/05.
Supersedes (previous policy):
Extension Cord Use XIV.G.1.