Only ‘square pins’ from tomorrow!

The implementation of the new standard for plugs, extension cords and sockets which will come into effect from January 1, 2019.

Accordingly, only plugs, extension cords and sockets conforming to the new regulations should be purchased, the Public Utility Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) said.

Also, the sale, stocking or display of 5A and 15A plugs, sockets and extension cords would be banned from tomorrow.

This new standard for Sri Lanka is expected to be implemented to ensure the safety of electricity consumers in the country, the Public Utility Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) said.

The PUCSL Director General Damitha Kumarasinghe commenting further said, “There is no need to remove or replace any of the plugs, or sockets currently being used in homes and buildings. These can be used until it’s time to change them and this new regulation is only effective for new purchases.

The Consumer Affairs Authority would take action against plugs and sockets being sold without conforming to the new regulations.”

Annually 75-100 lives lost due to electric accidents:

Annually around 75-100 lives are lost due to electric accidents and 13 such accidents have been found through surveys. Of them, 80% of these accidents have been analysed and this measure has been initiated by the PUCSL in order to prevent these deaths and accidents,PUCSL Director Nilantha Sapumanage said.

After a long process of public surveys the 13 A plug and socket outlets or square pin plugs and sockets have been named by the PUCSL as the only national standard to ensure the safety of electricity consumers, the Director said.

Accordingly, The Department of Import and Export Control recently gazetted regulations (2017/08/16) with regard to importing standardised plugs and socket outlets to Sri Lanka as a measure of implementing the single standard for plugs and socket outlets in Sri Lanka, he added.