As essential as they are, many cords
are made in China and sold through
one or several distributors. Information
about the cords can be difficult to obtain.
As such, potentially dangerous counterfeit cords are problematic for this
market and require diligence to identify.
“More than 1 million counterfeit electrical products, including extension cords
and power strips, have been recalled in
recent years,” said Brett Brenner, president of the Electrical Safety Foundation
International (ESFI), Arlington, Va.
Sources agree that, when selecting
extension cords, consider cable ampacity, insulation service rating, cord length,
and any restrictions on plugging multiple
“Electricians should be able to properly select an extension cord and not
overload it,” said Bob Wersen, president
of Interpower Corp., Oskaloosa, Iowa.
“The problem is that extension cords
are frequently selected by other trade
personnel without regard to safety. The
most common mistake all users make in
specifying extension cords is to purchase
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but they are essential on many jobs to power tools and temporary lighting, for bring-
ing power from generators to field offices, and for many other uses.
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