Big flash when unplugging radiator


Old 03-03-05, 05:29 AM
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Big flash when unplugging radiator

When I unplug my electric radiator I get a big flash. It is plugged into an extension lead. Is the problem with the extension lead socket or the radiators plug?
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Old 03-03-05, 05:41 AM
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For safety's sake you should not have electric heaters plugged into extension cords. Period. Extension cords are not designed to handle the high current drawn by these appliances

You are seeing a spark because the heater is running when you disconnect the plug, turn the heater 'off' before you unplug it.
Old 03-03-05, 05:56 AM
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Thank you.

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Old 03-03-05, 06:02 AM
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As was stated, the flash, an arc, is because the unit is turned on.

Please eliminate the extension cord. Extension cords on high current items cause fires. You are risking death by using an extension cord with this device.

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