(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) – The Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) says that the sale, display and storage of so-far used non-standard ampere 5 and 15 round plugs are banned from 1st January.
The Government has decided that the Type G plug and socket outlet , widely known as the 13 ampere plug and socket outlet and commonly referred to as the “square pin” plug and socket is to be the only national standard in Sri Lanka.
According to the PUCSL, from 1st January 2019, sale of non- standard plugs, sockets, adaptors, multi-sockets and extension cords will be prohibited.
Plugs, sockets, adapters, multi-sockets and extension cords with any shape of pins other than 13 ampere (square pin) are deemed to be non-standard items.
From January 2019 all electrical appliances sold must carry only a 13 ampere (type G) rectangular pin plug.
Use of various substandard plugs, sockets, electrical accessories, adapters, and extension cords are one of the main causes for electrocution and fire. According to surveys, an average of 75 to 100 lives are lost annually due to electrical accidents and the PUCSL has taken the decision in order to minimize the accidents.