Most people have extension leads in their homes, using 4-way bar adaptors to increase the number of appliances that they can plug into a wall socket.
However, although there is space to plug in four appliances, this does not mean it is always safe to do so. Different electrical appliances use different amounts of power. To avoid the risk of overheating and possibly fire, you should never plug into an extension lead or socket appliances that together use more than 13 amps or 3,000 watts of energy. Use our calculator to plug in some typical household appliances to see the effect on the load, and to get useful tips on how to avoid overloading your sockets.
Socket overload calculator
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Registering your electrical product and recall information
Registering your product makes it possible for the manufacturer to easily get in touch with you if it turns out that the item you’ve bought is somehow faulty or dangerous.
Here is a list of all household appliances that have been recalled since 2010.
Typically only 10-20% of these recalled products are actually returned and/or repaired. This is largely down to the fact that the manufacturer often has no way of directly contacting those who purchased the item in question. Consequently, each year, millions of potentially unsafe appliances remain in use, putting their owners at risk of electrical shocks, fires or even death.
How do I register my product?
You should find details of how to register your product included alongside the instructions for how to operate and maintain it. Even if you’ve had the item for a while and have long since lost the associated paperwork, it is still possible for you to register it.
The easiest way to register your product is to go online to the “Register My Appliance” website, which has links to all of the major electronics manufacturers. It should take just a couple of minutes.
In order to register your product, you’ll usually need:
- The brand name
- The model (usually either a name or a number)
- The serial number
- The date of purchase (or as near to it as you can remember)
Go to www.registermyappliance.org.uk for more information and to register your electrical products.
Safety tips for safe use of your kitchen appliances