Is it against code to run extension cords through the drop ceiling to run kitchen equipment ...??
? if so what is the code reference?
Thank you !
To L. Foti:
I can't find the section of NFPA at the moment, but running extension cords through the ceiling is a violation of OSHA regulation 29 CFR 1910.305(g)(1)(iv)(a,b, and e):
1910.305(g)(1)(iv) - Unless specifically permitted otherwise in paragraph (g)(1)(ii) of this section, flexible cords and cables may not be used:
(a) - As a substitute for the fixed wiring of a structure;
(b) - Where run through holes in walls, ceilings, or floors;
(e) - Where concealed behind building walls, ceilings, or floors
This will apply anywhere and anytime that there may be employees in the area. Hope this helps.
Your NEC code reference is 400.12 Uses Not Permitted and list items (2) and (5)
(2) Where run through holes in walls, structural ceilings, suspended ceilings, dropped ceilings, or floors.
(5) Where concealed by walls, floors, or ceilings, or located above suspended or dropped ceilings.
As I recall the NEC also prohibits using extension cords in place of permanent wiring, and really only allows their use temporary conditions, such as power construction tools, or holiday lighting, but never for appliances or required outlets/lighting?
Update: not sure how I missed that first reply but that nailed it all!
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