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Safety Tips for Using Extension Leads

There’s no denying how useful an extension lead can be. When a wire doesn’t quite stretch far enough, an extension lead is the perfect solution. But what you might not be aware of is that, if used incorrectly, extension leads can be a safety hazard.

If you regularly use extension leads or you’re planning to buy one, it’s a good idea to stay up to date on safety advice. That’s why we’ve put together this list of extension lead safety tips, so you can be confident that you’re using your extension lead safely. 

1. Avoid extension lead chains

If your extension lead isn’t long enough to reach the nearest socket, it can be tempting to plug it into another lead that can reach the rest of the way. But this practice, sometimes known as ‘daisy chaining’, can cause the first lead in the chain to overheat, making it a fire safety risk. Instead of chaining your leads, use one longer lead to reduce the risk of fire.  

2. Make sure the lead is in a hazard-free environment

As with any electrical appliance, it’s a good idea to keep your extension leads in an area where they’re unlikely to come into contact with hazards such as water. This includes obvious precautions like keeping your extension lead away from taps and other water sources, as well as some that are less obvious – for example, don’t leave your extension lead near a window, where condensation could make it damp or it could get splashed by rain.  

3. Never cover an extension lead 

Extension leads can get very hot, so placing anything over the lead while it’s in use may result in a fire. To help minimise this risk, it’s a good idea to check that the area around the extension lead is clear – particularly of flammable items such as clothes and paper, and soft furnishings such as sofa throws.  

4. Check the lead for signs of wear and tear 

Each time you go to plug in your extension lead, make sure to check it for signs of damage first. If you notice any fraying on the wire or damage around the socket, now is the time to have your extension lead replaced. 

Are you in search of an extension lead? Scott Electrical can help. We offer a wide range of extension leads, so you should have no trouble finding one that fits your needs!