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How to Properly Use a Power Strip
How to Properly Use a Power Strip
February 01, 2023

How to Properly Use a Power Strip

Frankly, we are not big supporters of power strips nor do we believe they are effective when considering the alternatives. Honestly speaking, though, power strips are quick and easy options for people to gain electrical access. So, your friends at Neighborhood Electric put together this quick-read article to go over some dos and donts when it comes to using a power strip. If you ever need the assistance of a qualified electricians, then call Neighborhood Electric to get in touch with a live representative. We do offer emergency services, so do not hesitate to call at any time.

Some Dos and Donts When Using A Power Strip

The topic of this article might sound silly to some. After all, what is there to a power strip? You just plug in and play, right? Not quite. Power strips can pose serious risks with electrical fires being a common threat. In order to minimize risk, we have some dos and donts when using a power strip:

  • DO ensure your power strip is rated correctly for your use. For one, you want enough plugs to accommodate your needs. Secondly, make sure the power strip can handle the wattage you are going to be putting into it. There are many types of power strips including office strips and industrial strips. Use the right kind!
  • DO use surge protectors if possible. A basic power strip simply splits and extends your outlet. A surge protector does the same job but also protects your electronic devices and appliances from potentially damaging power surges.
  • DO give power strips breathing room. We know that power strips are terribly messy and ugly, but do not cover them with cloth or fabric. Power strips can get considerably hot and even start a fire.
  • DO NOT use them for too long. Power strips are meant as a stopgap, a temporary solution to an issue or problem. They are not meant for long-term use. If you find that you need a power strip for extended use, then seek a long-term solution instead.
  • DO NOT chain power strips. If you need electrical access a long way from the outlet, then buy a long-enough power strip. Do NOT plug power strips into other strips as this will increase the risk of an electrical fire.

You might not have thought of these before, but it seems like common sense now that you have gone through the list, right? We hope this has helped, but we are not done yet. Lets talk about a long-term solution to your need for electrical access.

Outlet Installations

If you need more access to electricity, then consider a long-term solution. Call Neighborhood Electric to have more outlets installed. This frees you from the trip hazard, risk of electrical fires, and the ugliness of power strips.

Call Neighborhood Electric Any Time

There is never a bad time to call Neighborhood Electric. We are proud to be available around the clock for emergency service. Call now to speak with a live representative and consult about outlet installations for your property.