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    Esther Rantzen

    Is it safe to overload power boxes?


    Under normal circumstances, your power supply will automatically cut off when you overload power boxes. Depending on the circumstances, this may, however, not happen. In such an event, there is a risk of potentially serious personal injuries.

    When you overload power boxes 

    Using multiple extension leads or adaptors on a single outlet may not overload power boxes sufficiently to trigger the cut-off, but could lead to boxes overheating. This could lead to fires and melting wires causing injuries by electrocution.

    A massive overload would definitely trip fuses, but could also cause an explosion. It is therefore not safe to overload power boxes.

    Causes of massive overloads

    Attaching too many appliances to a single socket is not the only thing that could cause a massive overload. Defective appliances can also cause overloads, as can faulty or damaged wiring.

    Slips, trips and falls over extension leads could also tear wires and subsequently cause short-circuits, which again could result in overloads.

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    Preventing overloads

    Preventing overloads and subsequent injuries by fire, explosions or electrocution, as well as injuries by slipping or tripping over leads is therefore elementary and includes:

    • Never attaching too many gadgets or appliances to individual outlets
    • Ensuring all appliances, gadgets and wiring are kept in a safe condition
    • Regularly checking leads for wear or damage
    • Never stretching leads across pathways, but keeping them well out of the way. It should be noted here that ‘hiding’ leads under carpets is not a good idea, as this can increase the chance of overheating significantly, as well as possibly causing trips and falls on subsequently uneven flooring.

    If you have too many gadgets and appliances to run them all safely from the outlets you have available, it is well worth considering preventing accidental injuries by having additional outlets installed.

    Power boxes at work

    All of this not only applies in your home, but also at work. Your employer has the responsibility to assess potential risks and prevent accidents at work by taking all necessary steps to minimise these risks.

    This includes preventing power box overloads by ensuring adequate numbers of outlets are available and equipment, leads and wiring are regularly tested and maintained in safe working order as much as it includes preventing slip, trip or fall injuries.

    Accident Advice Helpline

    If you were injured by defective equipment or sustained an injury at work because your employer did not take the necessary steps to prevent work accidents, we can help you obtain the personal injury compensation you deserve.

    Call 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from mobile, now to learn more.

    Date Published: August 1, 2016

    Author: Accident Advice

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