30. May 2011 01:55
Surge Protectors and Power Strips each have very distinct functions. Surge protectors are devices designed to protect electrical devices from voltage spikes. A power strip is a strip of electrical sockets that may be attached to the end of a flexible cable and allows multiple devices to be plugged in.
Every year thousands of injuries, fires, and deaths occur from surge protectors and power strips.
Below is a list of suggestions to help keep you safe and prevent a fire.
- Surge protectors and power strips are not a substitute for permanent wiring.
- Use care when inserting or removing a plug from an outlet. If you make contact with live prongs, it could result in electric shock
- Never plug a power strip or surge protector into an existing power strip or surge protector. This is also called “daisy chaining”
- Examine your surge protector or power strip on a regular basis to ensure that it is not hot, damaged, or has frayed wires.
- Never tape or staple a power strip or surge protector down.
- A surge protector or power strip should not be exposed to a moist environment unless it is specified by the manufacturer.
- When taking the plug out of the outlet, pull from the plug. Do not pull from the cord.
- Make a habit of unplugging it when it is not being used.
- Never cover a power strip or surge protector with anything that may prevent air circulation.
- If you have any questions regarding the proper operating procedure for a power strip or surge protector, do not hesitate to reach out to someone with experience and knowledge.
You are always better safe than sorry