We have all seen the cardboard wiring diagram on the plugs of new appliances. From toasters to TVs, many now come with a piece of printed cardboard pushed over the pins to explain where the wires go should you need to change the plug …
My Pet Hate And A Total Fire Hazard
However, during my time as a PAT Tester, as well as a “civvy” helping friends and family with electrical appliances and devices at home, the number of times I’ve seen the cardboard still in place as the plug is in a socket drawing power just boggles the mind. Why? Because it’s a huge fire hazard and it really is my pet hate!
It takes less than a second to remove the printed cardboard so why don’t people remove it? The vast majority of us know how to wire a plug and if you don’t, information is available on the Internet from a wide range of useful “how to” websites. There is no reason to leave it in place.
If you’ve ever pulled out a plug from a socket and touched the plastic underside or the metal pins, sometimes you may notice they are hot! The more power the device needs – and the longer it is left on – the hotter the plug gets and sandwiching a piece of card between the plug and the socket heats it up so much that it can actually – under certain circumstances – ignite the cardboard! How dangerous is that?
Please! As soon as you’ve finished this blog post … heed my warning! Go and check all of the plugs around your home or office and ensure that the cardboard has been removed!
Until next time …