Our modern lives are full of so many appliances, computers, phones, and more—all of which need power. Naturally, power strips have become fixtures in many of our homes. While a power strip may not be the most complicated electrical component in your home, it’s still important to know how to use it properly, to protect both your home and your appliances. Keep these tips in mind next time you need a little extra power!
Power strips can handle multiple small electrical loads, such as from your phone charger or lamp. Running multiple larger, more power-hungry appliances like space heaters or microwaves off a power strip can mean trouble.
A safe strip will specify a voltage rating. Going over the maximum safe voltage of a strip can cause electrical fires or blowout appliances.
While a power strip is designed to handle prolonged use throughout the day, such as keeping a room lit or keeping your computer charged, they can’t be treated simply as replacements for your electrical outlets because they aren’t designed with the same stability. Running appliances off of a power strip over the course of days or weeks can lead to electrical failure.
Connecting multiple power strips together in series, also called daisy-chaining, can multiply the chances of a blow-out or electrical fire. Instead, find an extension cord of suitable length, or move your appliances closer to the outlet and power strip while in use.
Upgrade to Surge Protectors
Most modern power strips have surge protection built in to help protect your appliances. If you’re using an older power strip, consider upgrading—it may prevent you from needing to replace an expensive appliance.
Don’t Cover Up
Finally, don’t cover up a power strip with a rug, blanket, or clothing while it’s plugged in and in use. Being covered can trap the heat they generate while in use, potentially leading to a fire.
At JDP Electric, we’re experienced in installing, servicing, and maintaining residential electrical systems, so we know a thing or two about safety and avoiding electrical accidents. While power strips can help out in a pinch, if you find yourself relying on them in your home, it’s better to have new electrical outlets installed. This way, you can use your appliances and electronics more safely and effectively! If you have questions about electrical safety or how to get the most out of your home, get in touch with JDP Electric by calling us today at 701-232-1991!