How many devices do you own that rely on electricity? For many, it might be tough to keep up an accurate count. Because appliances and electronics are so prevalent in every home, we’ve decided to devote a couple of blog posts to the topic of keeping your electronics safe. Next time, we’ll talk about surge protection. For this post, we’ll talk about power strips.
There are lots of ways that the use of power strips can be hazardous, but the primary hazard involved is their potential to start a fire. More important than all of the following tips is to consult the manufacturer’s instructions for any power strips in your home to make sure you’re using them properly. Don’t use power strips on high-voltage appliances like your refrigerator. This is bad for the appliance and is unsafe. Don’t cover power strips with anything; this reduces the power strip’s ability to dissipate heat and can be a fire hazard. Finally, don’t use a power strip if it has any visible damage.