Properly Using A Powerstrip

Power strips and extension cords are kind of an inevitability in most homes. We have many appliances, tools, and toys that need power, and only so many outlets. Because of this, we at York Electrical Services, your local electrician in Fort Collins think it’s important that you understand the do’s and don’ts of how to use a power strip.

The Difference Between a Power Strip & an Extension Cord?

Put simply enough, power strips are the ones that are one length of cable that has a plug on one end and a row of sockets embedded in a plastic box on the other. Extension cords, however, have a similar setup but are typically much longer, less stable, and only feature two or three plugs.

Important Things to Know

We know that you understand how to use a power strip. It’s pretty much plug and play! However, there are a lot of things that folks don’t know about them, so keep in mind the following when using your power strip:

  • They’re designed to handle multiple small loads. Power strips were developed so that you can power a radio in conjunction with your lamp, or a computer can stay powered while you plug in your tablet. They are not designed to handle even a single major appliance like a space heater or power tool.
  • They aren’t intended for extended use. Even though they can handle a couple of days, or even a week or two, they aren’t designed as a workaround for proper electrical outlets. They lack the stability and longevity and will eventually fail, potentially taking your devices with it.
  • Thy should never be plugged into other or additional power extension devices. It’s one of the quickest ways to find yourself with an electrical fire or appliance damage!

If you need more juice in your home, York Electrical Services will install new outlets and circuits for you. As always, estimates are free so call us today 970-397-6807!

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