SEC-015: Extension Cord Use

Date: 07/25/2005 Status: Final
Last Revised: 10/25/2019
Policy Type: University
Oversight Executive: Vice President for Research
Applies To: Academic Division and the Medical Center.
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.

Compliance with Policy:
Failure to comply with the requirements of this policy may result in disciplinary action up to and including termination or expulsion in accordance with relevant University policies and may result in prosecution in accordance with state and federal law. This includes complying with the applicable adopted version of the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code along with the associated legal proceedings to restrain, correct, or abate such alleged violation.

Questions about this policy should be directed to Environmental Health & Safety.

Major Category: Safety, Security and Environmental Quality
Next Scheduled Review: 10/25/2022
Approved by, Date: Policy Review Committee, 07/25/2005
Revision History: Confirmed 10/25/19.
Supersedes (previous policy):
Extension Cord Use XIV.G.1.