Polarized Plugs

Written by Stacy Chbosky
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Polarized plugs were designed for better protection. Polarized plugs were created to prevent electric shock, by connecting the ground wire to the appliance's more exposed parts. You can easily tell polarized plugs from those which have not been polarized. In a polarized plug, one prong is larger than the other. This larger prong is the "ground prong."

These plugs offer good protection, but not perfect protection. Remember that electrical appliances are not toys. Be careful using any electrical appliances near wet surfaces. Be particularly careful while using appliances in the bathroom. Make sure you don't use electrical appliances with frayed cords.

Polarized Plugs and Travel

When you travel to Europe, England, Australia, or other foreign places, chances are you will need a plug adapter, converter or transformer for your appliances. That's because electrical outlets and the plugs that fit into them vary from country to country. In America, plugs are usually designed with two prongs, or two prongs and a peg on top.

In England, these prongs are tilted horizontally, rather than vertically. In Europe, they are pegs, not prongs. In Australia, the prongs are tilted on a diagonal. Remember to buy adapters or one universal adapter before traveling abroad.

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