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How to use Extension Leads

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An extension lead is the ideal temporary solution for when extra power outlets are required or for when a power outlet is too far away. Our guide will show you how to use your extension leads safely and as intended.

Step 1

Inspect for Damage

Inspect for Damage

A damaged extension lead should never be used due to the potential of electric shock or fire. Every extension lead should be visually inspected before use.

Step 2

Always Unwind cable

Always Unwind cable

The extension lead should always be fully unwound to prevent the lead from overheating.

Step 3

Turn Off When Plugging In or Out

Turn Off When Plugging In or Out

Before plugging any appliance in or out of the extension lead, turn it off and unplug the lead from the wall socket. This reduces the risk of personal electric shock.

Step 4

Do Not Connect Extension Leads Together

Do Not Connect Extension Leads Together

Never connect extension leads together. This can affect the operation and even cause serious damage to the devices being used from each of these leads.

Step 5

Position Lead Correctly

Position Lead Correctly

An extension lead should only be placed where it will not cause an obstruction. Beware of items that may damage the cable such as sharp items that could cut through the cable. It should not be dangled from a height, or placed under carpets and furniture where potential damage and tripping hazards may exist.