Universal socket outlets – buyers beware

Globalisation has led to an increase in demand for universal socket outlets in the UK. Frank Bertie discusses the potential dangers of using products that may not meet UK standards and regulations.
The immediate problem with universal socket outlets is that they aren’t standardised and may not comply with UK Safety Regulations, specifically the Plugs and Sockets etc. (Safety) Regulations 1994, which require UK standard plugs and sockets to be BS 1363 compliant. There are a number of features that these standards ensure that aren’t always present in universal sockets.
A further danger is that a single plug type doesn’t accommodate the two different mains voltages used across the globe – European 230V and American 120V. Plugging a 115V appliance into a 230V socket can result in a fire so the voltages must be accurate.
So are universal sockets dangerous?
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[author image=”https://www.installeronline.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Frankie.jpg” ]Frank Bertie is NAPIT Technical Director and Trade Association Chairman, and has been involved in the electrical installation industry for over 32 years. Having started in electrical contracting, he subsequently specialised in inspection and testing. He sits on a wide range of influential industry committees including the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), TrustMark and the Electrical Safety Council Technical committees.[/author]