Smart plugs are fire hazard

Multiple sockets: the underestimated fire hazard

R + V expert Brüning therefore advises consumers not to connect too many powerful devices to a multiple plug. Some devices do not even belong on an extension, but directly into the wall socket. If, for example, washing machines, dryers or dishwashers, but also fan heaters and household grills are connected to a multiple socket, overload is practically inevitable. “It is even more dangerous to use multiple multiple socket outlets one behind the other. Because the power limit remains unchanged at 3,500 watts, but the temperature at the first socket increases impermissibly, ”says Torge Brüning.

More tips from the R + V information center

  • When buying, pay attention to test seals such as GS, CE, VDE or TÜV marks; Do not use multiple plugs for which neither the manufacturer nor the importer can be clearly identified. Especially with inferior products, the connected loads can be significantly lower than 3,500 watts.
  • Observe the load limit and compare it with the wattage of the devices.
  • Avoid kinked cables and "cable clutter", replace defective plugs immediately. The same applies if the plugs get extremely hot or discolored.
  • Do not cover socket strips - risk of fire. This also applies, for example, if the bar is "hidden" behind the sofa or curtains. The resulting heat cannot escape.
  • Do not use in damp rooms or outdoors unless expressly approved for this.