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Extension Cords


The use of extension cords in residence halls is prohibited! Power strips are recommended for use instead.



Extension cords should be:

  • For temporary use pending the installation of permanent outlets
  • For applications where equipment is not routinely used
  • For temporary or portable equipment
  • Energized from a permanent outlet
  • Grounded 3-wire type

Extension cords should not:

  • Run through openings in walls, ceilings, or doorways
  • Be draped over light, ceiling, wall fixtures, etc.
  • Be attached or fixed to any surface
  • Run across aisles or walkways
  • Run under carpets or flooring
  • Be plugged into a power strip

Multi-outlet assemblies (power strips) should be:

  • Properly secured to a permanent surface
  • Equipped with fuse or circuit breaker
  • Energized from a permanent outlet
  • Grounded 3-wire type
  • UL approved