Power strips are a great tool when using a handful of electrical appliances. In a time where we're all using electronic devices so heavily, have you ever wondered if there is a wrong way to use a power strip? The short answer is yes. Here are a few tips when using a power strip.
Do keep in mind that power strips are supposed to be a short-term solution and not a permanent electrical fixture.
Don't overload the power strip. Even if there are six sockets in your power strip, you shouldn't use all of them at the same time.
Do use a power strip that has been tested for safety. (The label should mention this.)
Don't use a power strip to power high-voltage devices like refrigerators or space heaters.
Do use a power strip in an open area. Avoid covering or mounting it to any other surface and avoid using in a damp environment.
Don't plug multiple power strips into one outlet.
If you're using a power strip because you have wiring problems in your house, the best solution is to call an electrician. Unless you are a licensed electrician, you should never tamper with electrical wiring yourself. Leave it to the pros to keep yourself safe. For more electrical safety tips, follow Northeastern REMC on Facebook.