Often it’s not getting electricity into our homes that’s the problem, it’s getting that power from our plug sockets or power points and into the innumerable devices piled up around the house. It’s quite common to see each room lined with extension cables like rope on a ship and, like rope, often dangerously frayed.
On the rare occasion the plug sockets are in the right place, the outlets for the TV and phone aren’t. I once had a new TV sit unused in my bedroom for months, along with my dreams of lazy Sunday afternoons watching films in bed. These are the things, crucial to the safety and functionality of a home, that are so easy to overlook.
It can be seriously annoying when you redesign a room only to find that the bed obstructs one power socket, the wardrobe another, and the last is just out of reach. In this situation it’s easy to turn to the extension lead solution but it’s rarely the safest.
Other than the clutter they can bring, extension cables can cause you to overload sockets. This isn’t to be overlooked; if you plug too many electrical appliances into extension leads it can result in overheating and the outbreak of fire. Fortunately, this can be easily avoided if you follow these rules:
- You should avoid exceeding the power supply limits of extension cables.
- You should get a qualified electrician to test your electrical systems.
- You should consider installing new power points and outlets in your home.
When it comes to home design, at Leigh Electrical we ensure functionality and safety. With NICEIC Accreditation you can be assured that our electricians meet the highest standards of electrical safety and will always have your needs in mind. We also consider the design and use of a room, imagining different scenarios and layouts to ensure that plug sockets and outlets are ideally placed.
We are also happy to test your electrical systems, whether it’s your home or business, to ensure that everything is safe and efficient. If you’re based around the South Essex and London area, call today and we’ll let you know how we can help.
Featured Image: 14 plugs but only 6 sockets | © Jason Rogers, Flickr.