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What to do if there's a power trip

So one moment you are boiling water in that kettle and the next minute there's a loud pop and everything goes dark.
So what should you do?

The first thing is to turn off the appliance.

Then try it again and see. If it doesn't work see if the adjacent appliances are also affected.

Typically a trip occurs due to a power surge. The surge is contained by a fuse which can be located within the appliance but more often on the wall plug. Typical wall plugs are rated for 10-13 amperes and the wall socket for 15A.

At the same time the circuit break will also trip. You know because a whole series of items are affected. These use the same series of power line shared by the item that tripped.

So the next step is to take a torch light and open the circuit break box.

Then check if all switches are in the up position.
Look for the odd one which is down. That's the one that has tripped.

In addition usually a section switch which is blue in color will also trip.

Switch bo…