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How To Safely Use A Power Strip

Most homeowners love power strips for their added function when outlets are maxed out. You might love everything about your quaint 1960s home, except the lack of outlets on the kitchen counter. As a result, there is no place to plug in a coffee maker, toaster oven, and that cool blender that makes the perfect smoothie. But one power strip can solve all those outlet issues. And one in each room makes your humble abode perfect in every way. Or does it?

The Perfect Solution Or The Perfect Storm?

While the power strip does allow you to plug in more items, is it always safe to do so? Unfortunately, in most cases, the answer is a resounding no. This is because your home’s electrical system was designed and installed to meet the era’s needs in which it was built. And that typically means that older homes do not have the power to meet the technology-laden lifestyles of today.

But adding power strips and more devices to each circuit, you are undoubtedly creating overloads. And that can result in damage to your devices, severe electrical shocks, or even an electrical fire in your home. If you constantly need additional outlets, a better solution is to call a licensed electrician for an electrical upgrade.

The Benefit Of Outlet Installations

When you begin to add power strips, you have no idea what outlets belong to which circuits. You could be adding power strips in different rooms, but they are wired to the same circuit. You could easily overwhelm the wiring and create a severe hazard. However, when you call (703) 463-9866 for an outlet installation, the licensed electrician will complete a thorough evaluation of your home’s electrical system before starting any additions. This is the best way to know that your electrical system is safe and functional throughout your home.

If You Must Use A Power Strip, Do It Safely

Of course, you might not know you will need a new outlet until you plugin that new appliance. So you make a mental note to schedule an appointment with the  pros as soon as possible. But for today, you want to try out that new Espresso machine, so a power strip will save the day. But be sure to follow these safety tips:

  • First and foremost, power strips are only a short-term solution. Never allow these devices to become your long-term solution to inadequate outlets in your home.
  • Use a power strip with a built-in surge protector for added safety. A simple power strip only provides more outlet space, while a surge protector makes the outlet safer for all the devices plugged into the strip.
  • Provide proper ventilation and airflow around all power strips. Never put them under a rug or furniture. The added heat created is unsafe, and any sparks could easily start a fire in your home.
  • Be sure to get the correct type of power strip for your use. There are various wattages available, and even ones that are suited for industrial use. If you must use a power strip, invest in a safe quality option for heavy usage for added safety.
  • NEVER plug one power strip into another power strip. This is the fastest way to start a fire and damage or destroy your devices. If your outlets are that maxed out, you need to call a licensed electrician at (703) 463-9866 ASAP.

Don’t let a short-term solution to lack of outlets cost you an electrical fire. Instead, call (703) 463-9866 for a price quote to add the outlets you need with a full warranty from .

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