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Old 02.03.2017, 15:02
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Re: Small appliances on extension cord: fire risk in Switzerland?

When we were living in Germany we had a house built in the 1920s. Judging by the sockets and light switches these had been done in the 1960s or 1970s, but the fuse box was modern. Living in that house was quite a revelation. I discovered that entire rooms including all lights and sockets were fed from an extension cable buried under the plaster nad plugged into a socket in a different room. This being Germany, they used Schuko plugs (which you can plug in normally, but also rotate by 180 degrees and plug in with neutral and live being interchanged) , in some cases the plugs were the wrong way meaning that effectively the voltage was on the neutral line and there was thus voltage on light bulbs and things even when they were switched off. Even in the bathroom. I had a lot of fun getting to the bottom of that.
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