Power boards. Yes, they’re handy, they help you charge your phone, hook up your television and even to get all of your appliances working to make breakfast. It’s important to remember, however, that it’s possible to get carried away and to create a potential hazard where there shouldn’t be one.
There’s no doubt about it, power boards are extremely handy, but they can also be dangerous if mistreated. Here’s what not to do with your power board.
When it comes to power boards, a good rule of thumb is that they should never be used as a replacement to power-points. If you find that you are constantly overloading your power board, it may be time to consider installing an extra wall mounted power point to avoid unseen risks.
Overloaded power boards that do not have any surge protection can trip your circuit. This can lead to blackouts and in extreme cases can cause fires, so be sure to follow the appropriate safety measures.
If you have no other choice than to use power boards, you should always follow the appropriate safety precautions. Here are a few things you should consider:
What not to do
• Don’t connect multiple appliances that require a lot of electricity, such as white goods, heaters and dryers.
• Don’t place power boards in places where they may be exposed to heat, such as in the sun or near a heater or in unventilated areas.
• Don’t plug one multiple adapter into one another, this is also called ‘piggy backing’ and is regarded as a dangerous practice.
• Don’t place power boards in a place where dust and moisture can undermine their safety and longevity.
• Don’t place power boards in areas that are accessible to children.
What to do
• Purchase power boards that include overload protection as well as surge protection.
• Purchase power boards that have wide spaces around outlets so that different types of plugs do not touch.
• Check to see that the rating of appliances is compliant with the power board.
• Check your power board for damage or loose parts.
• Make sure that the power board and the wall switch are both turned off if not in use.
• Make sure that power boards meet Australian Electrical Standards.
Most power boards are not made to live forever, and therefore will require regular inspection.
Power boards that are surge protected are designed to protect your electronics and deteriorate over time, so these will need to be replaced, especially if you suspect you may have experienced a power surge.
If you have any questions about electrical power boards, or if you believe your power board is hazardous, it may be time to install an extra power point, so please don’t hesitate to give us a call..
With over 9 years experience under our belt, we pride ourselves on providing fast and efficient service of the highest quality. If you have any questions regarding electricity in your house or are looking for a quote for electrical installations, repairs, or general maintenance, please don’t hesitate to Get in touch with HunterCON about Power Boards today.