Power strips can be a safety hazard; please read this carefully and take appropriate action

December 17, 2010

The United States General Services Administration (GSA) has reported that there have now been three recent fire incidents with the following power strips: EFI model P-50ES. The most serious case was in the Social Security office in the federal building in Dallas, TX (pictured below).

 

Fire caused by bad power strip

Due to the seriousness of this issue, we are asking building managers and every employee to inspect all power strips in use within all offices and work spaces, regardless of manufacturer. Remove and replace any EFI make and model that you find, but also any other make and/or model that shows signs of overheating (melting, dark spots) or excessive wear (frayed or separated cords).

While we’re discussing power strips, it would be a good time to remind all that a power strip is considered by regulation to be an extension cord and, as such, is not allowed to be plugged into another extension cord. This is a common and reoccurring problem within the university system. If you find a “daisy chain” during your inspections, please correct this situation as well.

Thank you for your time and attention. Have a safe and happy holiday season.

Sincerely,
UAA EHS/RMS

University of Alaska Anchorage - University Advancement
3211 Providence Dr. Suite 236 - Anchorage, AK 99508