Most homes and businesses rely on extension leads to power the ever-increasing number of electrical appliances that we use daily. However it is important that extension leads are used appropriately, protected from damage, and not overloaded.
Our top 5 extension lead recommendations
- Always check the rating of the extension lead, and never overload it. The rating (usually 13A but sometimes 10A is the total load for the lead, not each socket.
- Never daisy-chain extension leads (only use one lead, do not going two together).
- If using a coiled lead, always unwind it fully before use to prevent overheating.
- Take care when routing extension leads. They can become a trip hazard or prone to damage from chairs, footfall, etc.
- Please DO NOT repair a damaged extension lead with sticky tape!
Socket and Extension Lead Overload Calculator
Recently we PAT tested an office in the North East that had a microwave, kettle, fridge and toaster plugged in to a 4-way extension. Try the calculator below to find out if this was safe or overloaded, and then check to see if yours would PASS or FAIL.
As part of our PAT Testing Service in the North East we not only test appliances and extension leads, but make recommendations on appropriate or improved use, helping you towards achieving a safe workplace or or home.