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Plugs

What types of plugs are there?

Plugs are an essential part of every home. Every country has their own style of plug that meets that countries specific regulations. It's safe to say that some are safer than others. Here in Britain our plugs are noticeably different compared to others around the world. Firstly you will notice how bulky and thick the design is. This makes it a lot more safer as it encloses the neutral, live and Earth wires in a compact plastic box that keeps your fingers far from the live wires. Plus, the three pronged design, specifically the live and neutral pins, are insulated half way up as to protect you from electical shocks if they are slightly exposed.

What is the most common type of plug?

Plugs have evolved over the century to accommodate our everyday needs. They were initially used purely for lighting but every electrical appliance in the home requires a plug to operate. With the advancement of electrical appliances for the home the  UK Consumer Protection legislation requires that most domestic electrical goods sold must be provided with fitted plugs to BS 1363-1. The main British standard plug is the BS 1363. This is by far the safest plug on the market.

What are the main features of the British plug?

As stated above, the classic British designed plug is a lot more bulky and heavy than its European and international rivals. However, the more interesting features are inside the plug itself. The British standard plug has built in copper fuses making it far more safer for consumers as if there is an electrical surge the fuse will just blow. The electricity will be halted and prevent house fires.

Are shaver plugs different?

In a word yes, shaver plugs are different. This is a two pronged plug as opposed to a three pronged plug. You will notice that your bathroom may have a shaver socket. This will be completely different from any other electrical socket in your home. The plug that will fit in to this socket is the BS 4573. It will looks completely different from the BS 1363-1 but it shares the same safety feature, it too has insulation on the pins to prevent electrocution