Think Safe: Power Strips

Power strips are a very handy device to have around the house, and are typically used for entertainment centers and/or in studies where multiple devices must be plugged in.

However, just as with any electrical device in your home, power strips can pose electrical and fire hazards. Most modern power strips feature overload protection, but you can’t rely on this alone to keep you and your family safe. So how do you use a power strip safely?

 Here are a few tips to help you out:

  •  Inspect the power strip before you use it. Make sure the cord is not frayed, scored or damaged in any way. If it is, don’t use it!

  • Do not plug another power strip into the power strip. This can cause an overload on the power strip it is plugged into, posing a fire hazard.

  • Keep the cord uncovered to avoid creating more heat within the power strip.

  • Do not plug space heaters into the power strip. Space heaters can cause the strip to overload.

  • Childproof the power strip in the same manner you childproof the receptacles in your home.

 These simple tips will help keep you and your family safe when using power strips in your home!