Power Boards And Extension Cables
If used incorrectly or unsafely, power boards and extension cords can cause fires, electric shocks, severe injuries or even death. So it is important that you take the necessary safety precautions to minimise any safety risks.
A common problem with power boards and extension cords, is poor maintenance and incorrect use which can be the cause of fires in your home. Fires not only endanger lives, they can cause considerable damage to your home. Most of these fires are accidental and can be prevented.
Below are some simple tips for using and maintaining power boards and extension cords to make your home safer.
Power Board – Don’t:
- Overload power boards or extension cords by ‘piggy backing’ plugs into one socket or by using double adaptors as they have a maximum current rating.
- Plug high wattage appliances such as toasters, kettles and heaters, into power boards – plug them into dedicated wall power points.
- Use damaged, dirty or wet power boards.
Power Board – Do:
- Use power boards with in-built overload protection, as this will prevent overheating.
- Only use power boards with built in safety switches/circuit breakers.
- Place power boards on their sides to prevent dust build up in unused power points.
- Provide adequate ventilation around the power board.
- Check that all plugs are firmly fixed in the power board.
- Check for any signs of damage or deterioration and replace if necessary.
- Only use extension cords as temporary measure.
- Do not connect a power board or double adaptor to the end of an extension lead to make it longer.
- Never place extension leads underneath carpet or rugs as they may overheat and cause a fire.
- Do not place extension leads near heaters and cookers.
- Damaged extension cords are to be thrown away or repaired by a licensed electrician.
- When using extension cords outside, inspect them regularly for signs of damage or deterioration and replace if necessary.
- Make sure extension cables do not get caught by sharp objects or corners.
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