Be­ware multi-plug adap­tors

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MRS MAC is de­mand­ing to be­come a reg­u­lar part of the col­umn and is not happy un­less I men­tion her ideas. I don’t mind be­cause what she comes up with ei­ther bright­ens our home or makes life eas­ier.

One of my pet con­cerns is en­sur­ing that a home is as safe as pos­si­ble from be­ing de­stroyed by fire and I have of­ten cam­paigned against the use of multi-plug adap­tors, ex­ten­sion leads and so on.

Many of us live in homes that were built be­fore the new gen­er­a­tion of tech­nol­ogy ar­rived. When we moved into our home, we did not have a com­puter, let alone a cell­phone, and ev­ery fit­ting came with a three-prong plug. As things changed, I would cut off the new two-prong and fit a three-prong, then we got adap­tors for twoprongs and so the mass of adap­tors stuck into ev­ery socket grew.

As we did al­ter­ations, we al­ways put in ex­tra power points but still the three-prong stan­dard. Now you can get power out­lets that come stan­dard with two-point sock­ets and even USB ports. Th­ese have been around for a while and are be­ing in­cor­po­rated into new builds, but un­less you are wan­der­ing around an elec­tri­cal re­tail out­let you will not spot them. So, I have been tasked with up­grad­ing our power points – a great idea and I will re­port back next week on what is pos­si­ble and at what cost.

A mass of adap­tors can be a fire haz­ard.

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