When To NOT Use A Power Strip

There never seem to be enough power outlets and using a power strip can be useful. Please follow our suggested guidelines when considering the use of a power strip.

Appliances like refrigerators & microwaves require a lot of power and when they cycle on and off, can easily overload a power strip. These devices should be plugged directly into a wall outlet dedicated solely to powering the appliance. If you try to plug additional appliances into the same outlet, you risk tripping the circuit.

Coffee makers need quite a bit of amperage to brew. Plug your coffee maker directly into the outlet or you run the risk of waking up to a half-brewed pot of coffee.

When you use your toaster, the wires heat up to red-hot. The current draw that those wires require can easily cause a power strip to overheat. This same issue affects toaster ovens, electric skillets, and waffle irons as well.

You may be surprised to know that crock pots require more juice over a longer period of time than a power strip can handle. You want to make sure it is safely plugged into a wall outlet to minimize any hazardous outcomes.

To prevent the circuit breaker from tripping, any hairdressing accessory that operates with heat should be plugged directly into a wall outlet. Hairdryers & flat irons take a tremendous amount of electricity. We recommend that you use GFCI outlet to avoid the danger of accidental water exposure.

Power strips are not meant to be used in conjunction with one another. In fact, plugging multiple power strips together, which is known as “daisy-chaining,” is the quickest way to overload your electrical system—and it’s also dangerous and violates most fire safety codes. For the same reason, avoid the use of extension cords with power strips. If you find yourself short of outlets, try unplugging one device before you plug another one in.

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