How to Safely Use Power Strips in Your Home

Power strips are convenient but come with risks like overloading and fire hazards. It’s important to understand and respect their power capacity to avoid potential dangers.

Always check the power strip’s capacity, usually listed on the cable, and never exceed it. Overloading can lead to failure and fire.

Never plug in power-hungry appliances like ovens, refrigerators, washing machines, auxiliary heaters, microwaves, coffee makers, and toasters. These should have their own dedicated outlets.

“Stacking power strips is a dangerous electrical practice,” and should be avoided. Plugging one power strip into another increases fire risks.

Devices like computers, TVs, and routers should be plugged directly into wall outlets to avoid power surges. They might not use much power individually but are sensitive to surges.

By following these guidelines and avoiding common mistakes, you can ensure the safe and efficient use of power strips in your home.