Never Overload a Power Strip

With so many electronic devices becoming vital for everyday living – computers, cell phones, appliances, etc. – and those that make life easier or entertaining, like air conditioners, generators, stereos, televisions, etc., it’s likely you may not have enough outlets available, or they may not be in a convenient spot for you. Power strips and extension cords are handy, when used properly and safely.

Some tips to stay safe and avoid a potentially devastating electrical fire include:

  • Use power strips that also serve as surge protectors to keep your electronics investments safe in the event of a surge
  • Plug major appliances (refrigerators, stoves, dishwashers, laundry equipment) directly into the wall in outlets specifically installed for these appliances and NOT into a power strip
  • Never plug a power strip into another power strip, called ‘daisy chaining.’ Only plug power strips into a permanent outlet
  • Make sure cords do not run under flooring (including rugs), through walls or ceilings and are not stapled or nailed into place
  • Only plug in as many cords as there are outlets for on the power strip, and ideally, less than the apparent capacity of the strip
  • Unplug and/or turn off the power to the power strip by clicking the power button when you plan to be away for an extended period of time (make sure no necessary devices are plugged in, however)
  • If you need to add outlets at your property, hire a qualified electrician to install them