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Electrical Socket Safety

Most people have extension leads in their homes, using adaptors to increase the number of appliances that they can plug into a wall socket.

However, although there is space to plug in more than one appliance, this does not mean it is always safe to do so. Different electrical appliances use different amounts of power.

Appliances that together use more than 13 amps or 3000 watts of energy should never be plugged into sockets or extension leads.  To avoid the risk of overheating and possibly fire, The Electrical Safety Council (ESC) has devised an engaging, interactive way of helping householders understand how many appliances are too many.

We are encouraging everyone to use the calculator to see how everyday appliances effect the load.

The Socket Calculator has been brought to you by the Electrical Safety Council. For more safety information visit