Don’t take the risk – switch it off
How often do you leave electrical appliances plugged in and switched on, never turning them off? People always think “it’ll never happen to me”, but what if it does?
The following photographs are from a client’s office. An extension lead has been plugged in to the socket for approximately 12 months and never turned off. Plugged into the extension is a metal, class 1 kettle. The kettle gets turned on many times every day to boil water for tea and coffee.
As a result the extension has overheated. In this case in not one but two occassions. It’s happened once before and rather than repacing the lead, the plug has been moved to a different inlet.
The black plug is so firmly damaged the protective cover on the Live pin has melted and become one with the inlet. We tried to remove the plug, even forcing it and levering with a screwdriver had little effect. As a result we had to cut the wire to the plug, and rewire a new plug onto the kettle lead.
Had this been left much longer we are in no doubt this would have started a fire. This shows genuinely why PAT Testing is so important – if we had not been there to inspect, this may have gone unnoticed and the business may not have been there in a few months.