How To Choose An Electrical Extension Lead And How To Correct Use

Electrical extension lead are a common and convenient way to bring power to home appliances. But in our daily life, we also need to use them properly, and if used too wrongly, they can become the cause of fire hazards and pose a risk to your safety.

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So how do we choose an electrical extension lead? Our suggestions below can help you choose a safe extension lead?

What to Know When Buying an Electrical Extension lead Outlet

Try to buy electrical extension plugs approved by independent testing labs.
For outdoor projects, use only the electrical plug extension socket marked for outdoor use.
Read the product manual for information on proper use and maximum power limits.
Extend the outlet power cord; the smaller the number the thicker the wire, and the more current the wire can safely handle.
Using a multi way bar extension lead rather than a block adaptor puts less strain on the wall socket. Some block adaptors do not have a fuse, which increases the risk of overloading and fire.
Please check the ampere rating of the power extensions socket you need. Most are rated at 13 A, but some are rated at 10 A or less.

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How to maintain and use an electrical socket extension lead

Never use an indoor electrical socket extension lead outdoors.
Try to unplug electrical appliances or turn off the power switch when not in use.
Don’t use extension lead socket under rugs or furniture.
Only use one electrical outlet extension lead per socket and never plug an extension lead into another extension lead (known as ‘Daisy-Chaining’)
Never an appliance that exceeds the maximum current rating specified by the electrical plug extension socket, as this may cause the plug in the wall outlet to overheat and potentially cause a fire.
Never use a damaged extension lead.
The plug socket extension lead that is not marked waterproof should not be near the water, and you need to pay attention to whether there are water droplets in the power plugs and sockets!

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Hello, I’m Lisa Liu, the author of this article and the general manager of Jeostorm. I have been engaged in power strip foreign trade sales for more than 21 years, and I am very familiar with power strip products and the market. I like to share my knowledge of power strip to our company's website, hope this article can help you.

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