CPSC Proposes Regulations for Extension Cords

18/02/15

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08h00 - 16h30

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On February 3, 2015, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) proposed a rule that would define certain extension cords as presenting substantial product hazards. This proposal would amend 16 CFR 1120, which contains a list of products that the Commission considers to represent substantial product hazards.

The characteristics of concern are:
• Minimum Wire Size
• Adequate Strain Relief
• Proper Polarity
• Proper Continuity

Each of these characteristics is considered to be readily observable.

Products that do not comply with all of the requirements of these characteristics as defined in UL 817, Standard for Cord Sets and Power-Supply Cords, would be considered to present a risk of electrical shock or fire.

Both indoor and outdoor extension cords are affected by this proposal.

Non-compliant products will be refused entry into the United States upon finalization of this ruling.

To view CPSC reposting: https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2015/02/03/2015-02021/substantial-product-hazard-list-extension-cords

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