Electrical Powerboards Safety Tips
The wide utilisation of powerboards in homes throughout Australia confirms people's reliance on these devices. You will find most people unaware of the risks of power boards if used incorrectly. Electricity has the potential to kill people if proper care isn't adhered to, hence the reason why some simple steps should be followed when connecting electrical appliances to powerboards.
In Australia the typical household electrical power point voltage is 240V and the current is rated 10A. Accordingly, the manufacturers of power boards will design their products to meet that electrical rating. Often people will overload the powerboards with too many devices, for example, when connecting the electric heater, computer and its interconnected peripheral devices will at times exceed the recommended safety rating of a power board. Since heaters can draw big currents such as 3.6Amps at times. Therefore it doesn't take much for the powerboard rating to be reached.
Do not overload the powerboard with too many big current consuming electrical appliances, for example, heaters draw big current
Do not exceed the manufacturer’s voltage and current rating, for example 10Amps and 240V
Do not use double adaptors on the powerboard
Do not position the powerboard in hot areas, for example, avoid placing near heater and sunny hot glass window
Do not join or interconnect powerboards together, for example, no daisy-chains
Do not use a thinner extension cable before powerboard
Do not locate near water or moisture
Keep adequate ventilation near powerboards to reduce heat build-up
Keep young children away and out of reach
Check rating of the electrical appliances before connection to powerboards
Ensure the combined total Amps (current) consumption of appliances doesn’t exceed the Amps (current) of the powerboard
Buy a powerboard with overload protection and surge protection
Buy powerboards with individually switched outlets and wide spacing for power packs
Visually and physically inspect powerboards for damage regularly
Turn off appliances at powerboard and power point switch when not in use
Only use powerboards designed to meet Australian Electricity Standards
These easy to follow safety guidelines should be considered when dealing with electrical powerboards. If at any time you think there could be an electrical hazard keep clear and immediately contact an electrician for assistance. Remember your meter box generally is located outside of the premises, and will have a circuit breaker you can turn-off the electricity till a licensed electrician inspects the wiring.
For further information see the new edition of the Australian / New Zealand Standard for Wiring Rules (AS/NZS 3000:2007).
Source available: http://www.cits.net.au/electrical-powerboards-safety