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Many portable electric items like lamps and radios are supplied with a relatively short length of cable. Ensuring your home has sufficient socket-outlets at convenient points will minimize the need for extension leads and adapters, but occasionally their use will be unavoidable.
The use of extension leads can present the following dangers:
An extension lead should not be used whenever it is possible to reach a wall socket with the equipment cable. However, the equipment cable should never be stretched taut as this may cause a tripping hazard.
When the use of an extension cable is unavoidable:
Damaged extension leads should be taken out of use and replaced. Leads cannot be repaired satisfactorily using insulating tape as it does not have sufficient strength or stickiness, nor does it provide enough physical protection.
Multi-way adapters should not normally be used. If two appliances are regularly used from one power point, replace it with a double socket if possible
When an adapter is used with a number of plugs, the angle and weight of the assembly increases the stress on the socket contacts. There is also a danger of electrical overload as the combined loads may exceed the ratings of the socket-outlet