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Lesson: Overloading Electrical Sockets

Categories: Electrical Contractors , Northampton Electrician

Overloading Electrical Sockets is DANGEROUS


I see it almost every day, customers I visit have extension leads in their homes, using 4-way bar adaptors or more, to increase the number of appliances that they can plug into a wall socket.

I visited a 2 new customers last week, one in Northampton and the other in Wellingborough while on a job with our electrician in Wellingborough. Both homes had more than one 4 and even a 6-way bar adaptors plugged in their living room for multiple appliances, TV, DVD, SKY Box, X Box One, a Standing Light and a HI-FI Stereo – all in one socket! I was gobsmacked!

I quickly had to give the homeowner an educational lesson on overloading sockets.

Be careful when you have to buy a Block Adaptor as there are a lot of fakes on the market, I would recommend not to ever use a block adaptor, instead, have extra sockets installed into your home by an electrician. Many of the block adaptors are not very safe, most don’t have a fuse. They increase the risk of overloading and fire.

  • If you find you regularly need to use an extension lead or a block adaptor in a certain area of your home, I would highly recommend that you contact a registered electrician to install an extra double socket in that area.
  • Check for signs of Danger, Check for smells of hot plastic, sparks or scorch marks around the plug or socket.
  • Have your appliances PAT tested every so many years’s to make sure its fit for purpose.
  • Only use one socket extension lead (if needed) per socket and never plug an extension lead into another extension lead.

For more information on electrical safety and overloading sockets, check out this website here. and here.

There are a reported 100 fires in the home each year in Northampton & Wellingborough. Modern homes today have literally dozens of appliances all potential hazards if not used properly, are maintained and tested from time to time.


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