One particular electrical device that every home has is the power strip. This handy little tool can extend the reach of electrical cords and help get our devices the power they need to work. However, like everything that uses electricity, mishandling power strips can lead to an electrical disaster.
If you’re a home or business owner that uses these devices without the proper knowledge, you’re putting yourself and everything near the power strip at risk. So, here are a few power strip safety tips that every owner should know about to keep your home safe from electrical mishaps.
Power Strip Overloading
Overloading is a word you’ll hear a lot of when you’re going through safety tips regarding power strips. Overloading can cause fires and short out important gadgets and appliances around the home. This is a common problem that they encounter due to a number of reasons that will be discussed below.
Avoid “Daisy Chaining”
Daisy chaining a power strip means plugging one power strip into another power strip and so on. It might seem like a harmless thing to do to extend the reach of a power strip further, but daisy chaining multiple power strips into one another increases the risk of one of those power strips overloading and causing a fire or electrocuting whoever is at the end of the train of strips.
A good alternative to daisy chaining the power strips is to find and purchase a longer power strip. It’s better to make an investment in a better power strip rather than trying to put out a fire in your home.
Limit Gadget Connections
Each gadget connected to your power strip draws power from the same outlet. The more gadgets connected to it, the more power is drawn. Every power strip has a limit on how many gadgets you can attach to it without overloading it. So, it’s best to check the possible voltage that it can handle before plugging in multiple appliances and gadgets into a single strip.
Power Strips Aren’t Long Term Extension Cords
Make sure to unplug unused power strips from sockets. Power strips were never meant to hold an electrical load for long and forgetting to unplug one can lead to overheating and then overloading that can cause fires or cases of electrocution. The more permanent solution to the problem of not having a source of electricity nearby, is to have more power outlets installed.
Don’t Cover The Strip
Covering the power strip is the equivalent of putting flammable tinder on top of an ember. Avoid putting anything on top of the power strip as it would overheat. Due to the lack of air circulation, it might even ignite whatever is sitting on top of it. This could cause a chain reaction and burn down the strip and everything around it while also shorting out your electrical system.
Avoid Stapling, Taping or Attaching Your Power Strip
As was said earlier, power strips aren’t permanent solutions to connecting your socket to your gadgets. Attaching your power strip to the wall with questionable materials is also a bad idea. It could damage the power strip and prevents you from properly keeping it clean and maintained. Staples can damage the cord of the strip and cause short circuits. It will also provide a conduit for you to get electrocuted. Tape on the other hand can catch fire. Both glue and tape will eventually loosen and drop the power strip.