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Extension lead and plug safety


electrical leads

Overloading sockets can cause electrical fires.

  • It is safest to use one plug in each socket and switch off your electrical appliances when you’re not using them.
  • Never use damaged plugs, cables or sockets (link to electrical safety content).
  • If you need an adaptor use a multi-socket extension lead. 

Extension lead safety:

  • Do not overload the extension lead and use only good quality Kite-marked and CE marked adaptors from reputable sources.
  • Keep the lead uncoiled to avoid overheating.
  • Position the lead to avoid trip hazards, but don’t run leads under carpets or rugs.
  • Never use an extension lead or electrical items in the bathroom

You can check the socket Overload Calculator and visit Electrical Safety First for more information.