Checking or changing a Plug
16 Steps to Safety!!
It’s a good idea to check plugs and plug wires regularly.
Plugs and their cables can be damaged with use.
Here’s how to check the common, square-pin 13-amp plug used in all modern appliances such as hairdryers, vacuum cleaners and microwaves.
1. With the plug removed from the socket, check the cable.
2. Is the cable securely attached to the appliance and the plug?
3. Is the cable cut, nicked or damaged in any way?
4. There should be no joints and no repairs with insulating tape.
5. Then check the plug
6. Look for cracks or damage on the casing
7. Look for signs of overheating, such as discoloured casing or cable.
8. Check the plug meets British Standard BS 1363 - it will be marked on the back
9. Check the plug cable is firmly clamped into the plug and that no coloured plug wires are showing.
10. For plugs that did not come fitted to the appliance, check that the cable is connected correctly:
11. Remove the plug from the socket, and remove the cover.
12. Check plug wires
The BROWN wire goes to LIVE (L)
The BLUE wire goes to NEUTRAL (N)
The GREEN//YELLOW wire goes to EARTH (E)
13. Make sure the cord clamp holds the cable securely and that both of the little screws are tight.
14. Make sure the fuse is the correct size and meets British Standards BS 1362 - see the manufacturer's instructions if you are not sure what size fuse to use.
15. Ensure the fuse clips securely into its holder. It shouldnot be loose and there should be no signs of overheating.
16. Replace the cover securely.
HOW MUCH DO YOU RELY ON ADAPTORS AND EXTENSIONS AROUND YOUR HOME?
An average room in a house has four sockets.
Although this is enough for most purposes, using computers, games consoles and other appliances has led to the number of sockets being needed in an average room to increase to eight.
Extension leads and adaptors often provide a quick and easy solution but, in reality, these leads and adaptors are often misused, and can present a very real danger. In extreme cases, like our example above, they can overheat and cause a fire.
The most sensible action is to install extra sockets.
We can supply and fit new twin sockets and advise where you may need sockets for high-current appliances such as kettles, irons and heaters.
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