Electrical Compliance Safety First Ltd
What to be aware of when it comes to multi-boxes
I’m regularly out testing and tagging portable appliances and electrical equipment around Rangiora and Christchurch. As on a regular basis, I come across especially in the office a lot of people still plug their heater into their multi-box this is a particularly unsafe thing to do because it sets up a situation where you are very likely to overload the multi-box. What a lot of people don’t realise is even if you have a very small heater they often still have an output power of 2400 Watts This is the maximum amount of power you can pull out of your 3 pin standard wall socket. The power socket is made to handle 10 amps of current at 240 Volts.If you overload these sockets they will start to overheat and become a fire risk. Best practice have your heater plugged into a separate wall socket so there is no chance of overloading the wall socket. Multi boxes are great for low power items like computer monitors and computers, printers etc. Another issue these days is the quality of the multi boxes. The market is flooded with extremely cheap and nasty multi boxes you can buy them for just a few dollars and the sockets are only rated for 5 or so inserts these multi boxes are marginal, to
say the least. Just be aware of what you are plugging in.
The last thing you want is a fire. Remember electrical safety first.