Date: Thu Feb 22 17:31:15 2007

Author: Richard Heckathorn

Subject: Re: Extension cords and the Fire Marshal

Greetings again.

Have you asked for and read the code. Don't assume
that the FM knows how to interpret everything

Many years ago a FM came into our high school
chemistry lab and asked us if we had any titanium
in the lab. We had none. Then he asked for out
chemistry list, found titanium oxide and said it
had to go. I then asked him if sodium was on the
list and if it had to go. Answer yes. Then I
showed him the NaCl container which he grabbed and
said it had to go.

Finally after a little education he was able to do
a better job.


Helping teachers who facilitate, motivating
students who learn.
Dick Heckathorn 14665 Pawnee Trail Middleburg
Hts, OH 44130 440-826-0834
Adjunct Physics Teacher - Baldwin Wallace College
Physics is learning how to communicate with ones
environment so that it will talk back.

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Sent: Thursday, February 22, 2007 5:07 PM
Subject: Re: [tap-l] Extension cords and the Fire

One of the problems is that the fire marshals are
local and local laws
differ. What is legal in one place may not be
legal in another. I have to
meet a different set of guide lines than the
public high school located
less than two miles away because they are city
owned and we are a state

I had to get rid of my heavy duty extension cords
(they sound a lot like
yours) about ten years ago. The local HS teacher
did not because he held a
electricians license from the city. After he
retired his cords were deemed
not acceptable.

Don Mathieson
Tulsa Community College

"Cliff Bettis"

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Extension cords and the
02/22/2007 02:09 Fire

Please respond to



I wonder if any of you have run into this: I just
was inspected for safety
and got written up for my extension cords. I have
(actually, used to have)
cords that were made up by my shop. They were made
of the heaviest duty
cable and componebts I could reasonably use and
terminated in four outlet
metal boxes. The inspector says all extension
cords shall be UL approved
with a manufacturers label on them. My problem is
for classroom use I need
things that aren't readily available, heavy-duty
custom lengths (too short
is a tripping hazzard, and too long means you have
to coil them up which is
also against the code; and obviously you don't
plug one into another) to
suit the rooms (usually things like projectors,
laptops and various power
supplies, some over 1000 W).

So I am waiting for my shop to sort out what's
commercially available and
hoping I can find something suitable. They won't
even let us buy long ones
and shorten them. I have been using these things
for several decades and
this has just come up.