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Thread: Power Strips vs. Extension Cords vs. Additional Receptacles

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    The use of plug in transient voltage surge suppressors avoids the restrictions of extension cords.
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    I don't understand why plug strip is allowed and extension cord isn't allowed. both connected to receptacle on the wall, the only difference that plug strip has 15A switch/protection built-in. how the second one significantly reduce fire hazard?

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    A 10 amp extention cord will catch fire if overloaded before it ever trips the 20 amp breaker.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Coppersmith View Post
    A 10 amp extention cord will catch fire if overloaded before it ever trips the 20 amp breaker.


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    The key here is overloaded, not shorted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coppersmith View Post
    A 10 amp extention cord will catch fire if overloaded before it ever trips the 20 amp breaker.
    It is a listing violation to use multioutlet strips etc with a cord.

    If you do not violate that it will be hard to overload it.

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    Plug a 10 amp extention cord into a wall outlet. Plug two 10 amp portable heaters into cord. Overload! No power strip required.

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    Quote Originally Posted by electrofelon View Post
    We frequently run into extension cords having to be eliminated at commercial occupancies after a fire inspection. I am not sure about the specific chain of laws that grant the fire marshall authority on this but Im sure its there.
    Extension cords in a manfacturing facuilty shall not be used for permanent wiring, is the reason I get.

    Cube tapes or multigang adapters are not allowed either due to heat build up, but a surge strip is.

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