Reasons for power plug and socket overload
Nowadays, electricity becomes popular than ever and is one of the most essential factors for human life. In every households, it is not difficult to find many electrical power points around the house. Apparently in Australia, old houses have less power points than newly built houses.
However, not all of us can understand how these power points work and how to avoid the overload in order to protect your home from any electrical accidents. A power point is overload when you exceed the maximum amperage of the electrical circuit you are using. The result of an overload can be a short circuit or possibly a fire. There are numerous reasons for the power point overload.
- Too many appliances: Many old style houses only have 1 or 2 power points in a room, people thus normally increase the number of outlets by using double adaptors or power board. Normally, the overload occurs when people piggy back one double adaptor on top of another or plug a power boards into another power boards. This action will exceed the circuit’s amperage.
- High amp appliances: there are some electrical appliances use more amps than the others. To prevent the overload, try to avoid using many high amps electrical appliance at the same time.
However, these ways will cause inconvenience for us as we have to limit the usage of the electrical appliances. In order to protect your house from any electrical accidents coming from power point overload, you should use overload protection devices. These devices are designed to cut the power of a particular circuit when the amperage is exceeded. Another way which costs you more money and effort is install more power points around your home.
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