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 …
Still My Pet Hate And Still A 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?
Just to understand the problem, we did a little experiment. We counted the number of appliances which had been passed but still had the cards left on. This then equated to 4.36% of the appliances passed were, in fact, a fire hazard.At a recent project at a school we found a few pieces of equipment which still had the cards in-situ, the main problem being that the appliances had been passed by at least four different PAT companies or engineers previously! Deeply concerning, isn’t it?
If you’re looking for a PAT Testing company that always checks for and removes the cards then call FTS Safety Solutions on 0330 6600264 or click here to ping over an email and I’ll call you back.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 …