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How to Safely Use Power Strips

Power strips are a common household item that provide a solution for having more outlets in one location. It’s not uncommon for a home to have at least one power strip in a room. However, there is a right and wrong way to use power strips. Misusing these extension cords can result in fires and other damages. Learn more.

How to Safely Use Power Strips

First, you need to know the difference between a power strip and a surge protector. A power strip provides users with more outlets to connect electric devices. Surge protectors provide protection against surges in electricity that can damage electronic devices and appliances like stoves, refrigerators, laptops, tablets, cell phones, and more. Your safest choice for larger appliance use is to purchase a power strip that also contains surge protection.

  1. Use with lightweight devices. Power strips are not made to handle electric devices that require a lot of power, such as ranges, refrigerators, deep freezers, some microwaves, and other common kitchen appliances. Power strips can be used with laptops, cell phones, tablets, and similar smaller devices.
  2. Purchase one with an internal circuit breaker. The circuit breaker ensures you don’t lose your home to a fire or sustain other property damage.
  3. Use them sparingly. Power strips are designed to be a temporary power solution. Using power strips for extended periods causes them to overload with electricity and overheat, which can lead to a fire.
  4. Use one power strip at a time. You may be tempted to plug in one power strip to another, but don’t. Plugging, in one power cord into another, puts your home or place of business at risk for different electrical mishaps and shortens the life of your electric devices.

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