An extension cord, power extender, drop cord, or extension lead is a length of flexible electrical power cable (flex) with a plug on one end and one or more sockets on the other end (usually of the same type as the plug).
The term usually refers to mains (household AC) extensions but is also used to refer to extensions for other types of cabling. If the plug and power outlets are of different types, the term "adapter cord" may be used. Most extension cords range from around two to thirty feet in length although they are made up to 300 feet in length.
Safety Advice on Extension Leads
How to Avoid Overloading your Extension Lead
It is very surprising to see that it’s so easy to plug in appliances that you need – yet in total they use more than 13A or 3000W of energy. Now, let’s see some of the top tips to avoid overloading your sockets:
- Check the current rating of the extension lead. Before plugging any appliances into it, make sure you know what’s the rating. Most leads are 13A rated or less, and you need to know it!
- Know the total current rating and wattage of the plugged-in appliances. Before you plug in and use the appliances in an extension lead or socket, make sure you know the total current rating (the amperage) and wattage of those appliances. The total current rating cannot exceed the maximum current rating of the lead, and the wattage cannot exceed 3000W. Otherwise, the plug in the wall socket can overheat and possibly cause a fire.
- Use only one extension lead per socket. It may sound stupid, but some people plug in an extension lead into an extension lead. Use only one extension lead per socket, otherwise the risk of overloading the wall socket and the extension lead plugged into it!
- If possible, don’t use a block adaptor but a multiway bar extension lead. Many of the block adaptors (those blocks of plastic with many sockets on them) are not very safe, do not have a fuse, and are not recommended to be used. They increase the risk of overloading and fire, so, if possible, use a multi-way extension lead.
- Install more sockets if needed. If you regularly need to use an extension lead in a certain area of your house, it is recommended that you contact a registered electrician to install an extra double socket in that area. While he’s at your place, why don’t you ask him to check your installation and your sockets as well?
- Regularly check for danger signs. This includes the smell of hot plastic (melting sockets or appliances), sparks or scorch marks around a socket / plug / appliance, damaged or frayed leads, coloured wire from inside leads showing at the plug, fuses that keep blowing for no obvious reason, etc. Anything that is suspicious or out of the ordinary when an extension lead is used should be alert for possible trouble!
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