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#79639 - 01/09/02 05:17 PM multi-outlet surge protectors  
whitaker  Offline
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FORT SCOTT, KS USA
Recently I was asked if multi-outlet surge protector extension cords are legal as a permanent power source. My initial reaction was no since they are still an extension cord, but I can't find the section in the 1997 NEC that applies. Section 240-4 doesn't address this product.

Thanks for all your help!!!


LISA WHITAKER
CITY OF FORT SCOTT, KS

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#79640 - 01/10/02 01:54 AM Re: multi-outlet surge protectors  
Elzappr  Offline
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Here's a start. 210-50(b) says that a receptacle outlet shall be installed wherever flexible cords with attachment plugs are used. I looked under 400 (Flexible cords and cables) and noted 400-7(b) which requires cord and plug appliances and equipment to be energized from a receptacle outlet. Looking under "receptacle outlet" and "receptacle" in definitions of Art 100 we see that they are talking about receptacles on a yoke..which pretty much rules out your power strips.
There is some language in 410-56(g),that actually pertains to the context of fixture wiring but might be repeated somewhere else in the Code, that: "No receptacle shall be installed so as to require an energized attachment plug as its source of supply."


#79641 - 01/10/02 08:17 PM Re: multi-outlet surge protectors  
Bill Addiss  Offline
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whitaker,

Take a look on the back of the strip. chances are that is says the word 'Temporary' somewhere, which would probably also be a condition of it's UL listing.

Bill


#79642 - 01/10/02 11:30 PM Re: multi-outlet surge protectors  
watthead  Offline
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Whit
Where did you get that 1997 NEC anyway? I don't think we got that one down here.


#79643 - 01/11/02 08:30 AM Re: multi-outlet surge protectors  
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These things are used extensively around here. The Fire Depts here don't seem to consider them an extension cord, as they don't write them up in their inspections.
As a "temporary", does that mean they must be unplugged and plugged back in once every 90 days? [Linked Image]


#79644 - 01/11/02 10:10 AM Re: multi-outlet surge protectors  
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The one I have in front of me says on the back "Temporary Power Tap" and the UL sticker says; "Listed Relocatable Power Tap"

I do unplug it ocassionally during storms or vacations, but no, not every 90 days [Linked Image]
(don't send Joe's 'Enforcer Guy' after me!) [Linked Image]

Bill

[This message has been edited by Bill Addiss (edited 01-11-2002).]



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