Power Strip Safety
In today's world, it seems as if we can never have enough power outlets for all of our electrical devices. A common solution for this is the use of power strips. These tools power multiple devices, from their multiple electrical sockets. Although they are very helpful, if they are used improperly or if they malfunction, power strips can pose a serious fire risk. Here are some safety tips about power strips:
- Use only power strips that have an internal circuit breaker.
- Power strips are not a substitute for permanent wiring.
- At no time should a power strip be placed in a situation that will allow it to be exposed to a moist environment.
- Do not plug a power strip into an existing power strip.
- There should only be one power strip plugged into a single electrical outlet.
- Do not place a power strip in any area where the unit would be covered with carpet, furniture, or any other item that will limit or prevent air circulation.
- When the power strip is not in use, unplug the unit.
- Power strips should have a cord of no more than 6 feet in length.
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