Welcome to the ACRE

The Agronomy Center for Research and Education, ACRE, is an outdoor laboratory for Purdue Agriculture. Used for field research and hands-on teaching, the 1,135 acre farm is a busy place with faculty, staff, student, and visitor activity. I am Jim Beaty. I have been Superintendent of the ACRE since 1986. With my four full time staff members, part time help, and student employees we are responsible for operating the research farm. About 53 university researchers conduct projects here at the ACRE. I plan to write about our research, visitors, and farm safety thoughts.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

ACRE Safety Thought #50

“Electric Shock!” is not my idea of a good time. So if you are using an extension cord at ACRE, then make sure to use one of the new type extension cords with GFI protection built in. Or make sure you are using a GFI protected electrical circuit. GFI stands for “Ground Fault Interrupter” and the technology helps prevent shocks and electrocution. Also never use an extension cord that is frayed or has bare wires. Make sure the cord you use is rated for the amperage load that you will be using, as undersized cords can overheat and be dangerous. Think, plan, and work safely at ACRE Jim

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