The simple do’s and don'ts of using electrical power boards
Power boards can be a useful way to increase the number of power outlets in your home, but only if they are used safely and correctly. Here’s what you should and shouldn’t do.
Power boards should always be considered a temporary measure as poor maintenance and incorrect use are a common cause of house fires.
Problems can include:
· Plugging high wattage appliances (such as toasters, kettles and heaters) into power boards. Only use permanent power points for these items.
· Overloading power boards by ‘piggybacking’ plugs into one socket by using double adaptors – all power boards have a maximum current rate which must never be exceeded.
· Dust build-up in unused power points on the board.
· Using damaged, dirty or wet power boards.
If you must use a power board, remember to:
· Use power boards with overload protection, as this can prevent them from overheating.
· Only use power boards with built in safety switches/circuit breakers.
· Place power boards on their sides to prevent dust build up in unused points.
· Provide adequate ventilation around the power boards.
· Regularly check the power board for any signs of damage.
The best way to make sure your home is safe it to have extra power points installed by your local, licensed electrician. They can turn single power points into double or quads and easily add additional power points so there are plenty for all your needs.