Most homes have plenty of power strips and extension cords around. These have almost turned into a necessity for many of us. As newer technologies emerge, more and more modern appliances and tools have become power operated.
Knowing how a power strip functions and the things to do and no to do with it is highly important.
Are power strips the same with extension cords?
Power strips are more stable than extension cords. It is recommended to only use extension cords for a few hours because it can be less stable. Power strips are shorter in length but may be used for a few days.
It is not enough to use these power plugs every day without knowing the following:
1. Power strips are designed and manufactured to only handle multiple small
Appliances or devices requiring minimum amount of loads are the only ones that can be plugged in a power strip. It is not safe to plug in major appliances like an electric kettle.
2. They are not permanent solutions.
Power strips can be used for applications for a few days or even a week or two but they may not be able to withstand extended use. Its stability is not guaranteed so your appliances can be at risk.
If you are constantly needing more plug sockets, you may want to consider installing new outlets in your home.
3. You should never plug a power strip to another power strip.
Chaining multiple power strips can be dangerous. This surely increases the likelihood of your house to catch electrical fire or damage to your electrical appliance and devices.
4. They require surge protectors.
Surge protection devices are usually indicated both on the box and by a small light/switch indicator. These can play an important role in protecting your equipment in the event of a surge or short circuit.
5. They have voltage ratings.
See to it that your power strip meets your needs. Make sure to comply with the maximum safe voltage for your strip to avoid electrical fires and blown out appliances.