Video game fans: Play instead of pay this Christmas

Publish Date:

SFRS urging households to check their consoles and computers are not plugged into overloaded sockets

John Macdonald

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service would like to see video game fans "play, instead of pay," by checking their consoles and computers are not plugged into overloaded sockets.

Historically, Christmas has seen a large influx of gaming machines in households and with the recent launch of two of the world’s most popular consoles, this year is expected to be no different.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service want video game fans to have a safe and enjoyable festive season, free from the risk of fire.

Many households still have the old style double or triple wall adaptors, which we would discourage people from using, particularly when plugging in multiple devices.

SFRS's Head of Prevention and Protection for Highlands and Islands, Group Manager John MacDonald said: "Whether it's fairy lights or new electronic devices, most of us will be plugging in more than usual at this time of year.

"Most of us use extension leads in our homes all the time, using four-way bar adaptors to increase the number of appliances that they can plug into a wall socket.

"However, although there is space to plug in four appliances, this does not mean it is always safe to do so.

"Different electrical appliances use different amounts of power. To avoid the risk of overheating and possibly fire, you should never plug into an extension lead or socket appliances that together use more than 13 amps or 3000 watts of energy."

He added: "Our message to gamers is to play, instead of pay. Don’t overload sockets and increase your chances of a fire this Christmas."

There is more information available on the Scottish Fire and Rescue website about electrical safety and what you can do to make sure you are as safe as possible.

Visit /your-safety/festive-safety/electrical-safety.aspx