4 Top Tips for Avoiding the Overload your Extension Socket Cord

- Oct 19, 2020-

4 Top Tips for Avoiding the Overload your Extension Socket Cord


It is very surprising to see that it’s so easy to plug in appliances which 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:

1.    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!


2.Know the Total Current Rating and Wattage of the Plugged-in Appliances .before you plug in and use the appliances in an extension socket or socket, make sure you know what’s the total of the current rating (the amperage) and the 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.


3. Use only One Extension Socket Cord.  it may sound stupid, but some people plug in an extension socket into an extension socket. Use one extension socket per socket only, otherwise the risk of overloading the wall socket and the extension lead plugged into it!


4. Regularly Check for Danger Signs like: smell of hot plastic (melting sockets or appliances), sparks or scorch marks around a socket / plug / appliance, damaged or frayed leads, colored 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 socket is used should be an alert for possible trouble!