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Always check that you’re using the right fuse for the plug. For example:
Some appliances use more power than others, so be mindful of not overloading your extension leads. Power-hungry appliances such as kettles, toasters and microwaves shouldn't be on the same extension.
Always use a fused ‘inline’ type – not the plug-in cube type – but be really careful not to overload it. This is all too easy if you add extra adaptors/extensions, or appliances that use lots of power like kettles, tumble dryers or heaters.
It's also important to fully unwind drum extensions leads. If you leave them coiled, they can overheat and cause a fire.
Don't be tempted to try a DIY fix such as electrical tape – always replace faulty leads and extensions. Is it worth risking your loved ones and your home for the sake of a few pounds?
We love this calculator from Electrical Safety First. Try plugging in some appliances and find out if you might be putting yourself at risk of fire.