Are you Overloading your sockets?
Extension leads are commonly used across all types of business, to increase the number of appliances that can be plugged into a wall socket.
However, although there is space for four appliances to be plugged in, this does not mean it's always safe to do so.
You can avoid overloading sockets and risks of fire by following the advice below:
- Check the current rating of the extension lead before plugging appliances into it. Most are rated at 13 A, but some are rated at only
10 A or less the rating should be clearly marked on the back or underside of the extension lead. If not, refer to the
- Never overload an extension lead by plugging in appliances that together will exceed the maximum current rating stated for the extension lead. This could cause the plug in the wall socket to overheat and possibly cause a fire.
- Use the overload calculator below to check if you're exceeding the maximum load
- Only use one extension lead per socket NEVER plug an extension lead into another extension lead.
- Use an extension lead rather than a block adaptor as this will put less strain on the wall socket. Some block adaptors do not have a fuse, which increases the risk of overloading and fire.
- If you find you're using excessive amounts of extension leads consider having additional sockets installed - ensure to use a registered
electrician to carry out the installation work.