To a degree, a power strip can be a convenient solution when you have a shortage of electrical outlets. Relatively speaking, most people don’t know that power strips are only designed to handle electronics that draw very little power. AV equipment or low-power household items such as tablets, laptops, smartphones, or lamps are what a power strip can safely handle. You run the risk of overloading the power strip and starting an electrical fire if you plug in a device or appliance that needs a lot of electricity to function, however. It is important to know that even electronics that are small in size can require more power than you think. Today, we at Peterkin Electric would like to share the devices you should avoid plugging into a power strip. Below is a list of appliances and electronic devices that you should never plug into any power strips. Adhering to this warning can prevent potential fires from seizing your home.
Can You Plug a Refrigerator, Dishwasher or Other Large Kitchen Appliances into a Power Strip?
Large kitchen appliances include refrigerators, dishwashers, and so forth. The insufficient, little power strip will be easily overloaded when these appliances are so high-powered. Directly into the wall is where these large appliances should be plugged in to. In order to plug in more things, do not use a multi-outlet converter or you will risk tripping the circuit. Their very own, dedicated outlet is required with these big appliances.
Is it OK to Plug a Toaster, Coffee Maker or Other Small Kitchen Appliance into a Power Strip?
Small kitchen appliances like toasters, coffee makers, toaster ovens and more should not be plugged into a power strip. There are many instances where size matters. These appliances should also have a dedicated outlet while in use, smaller appliances require a lot of electricity to perform their tasks, so like larger appliances. Blenders, toasters, toaster ovens, rice cookers, microwaves, coffee makers, slow cookers, etc. all apply.
Is it OK to Plug Hair Styling Tools into a Power Strip?
Most people are surprised by this fact. It is safest to plug them into a wall outlet, hairdryers, flat irons, and curling irons draw a lot of power to get as hot as they do. If you will be styling your hair near a wet sink or other wet areas, a GFCI outlet is preferable.
Is it OK to Daisy Chain & Connect Power Strips Together?
You can very easily overload the circuit and start an electrical fire when you plug one power strip into another is a dangerous practice called daisy-chaining. When you plug an extension cord into a power strip or vice versa, the same thing can happen.
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