Check cords in hotels and motels

Issue 37 – April 2012

Energy Safety advises owners and operators of hotels, motels, and other short term accommodation to take care with the condition of cords for electrical appliances.

In a recent incident in a major hotel, an overseas visitor received a serious burn injury from coming into contact with a live electrical part when using an electric kettle. It is likely the practice of tightly coiling the cord around the kettle may have contributed to the accident. This practice appears to be common in some hotels and motels, but electric cords are not designed to be coiled tightly and this treatment can cause premature damage.

Energy Safety recommends that owners and operators of hotels, motels, and other short term accommodation ensure their cleaning staff are aware of the hazards presented by cords and cables that are in poor condition and engage a licensed electrical worker to institute a routine 'test and tag' regime for appliances and other equipment used by staff and guests.

Summarised from Energy Safety Business Update, April 2012

Published in energy.