Power strips or an extension cord in almost every house. For, they are specially designed to meet the varied power demands of modern households that are equipped with various appliances and tools.
With power strips in your homes or offices, you can really benefit yourself with increased plug sockets and protection of appliances from frequent changes in power also. But unfortunately, not many folks know how to use them appropriately, not realizing how dangerous, injurious it can be for the appliances and their family as well.
Taking proper care of the plug adapters and power strips are significant to keep them going well in long run. Follow some tips given below and see wonders it does to your strips and adapters.
- Prevent them from Moist Environment:
Water and electricity was never a good match but when mixed accidentally with each other can result in fatal injuries and damages. Hence, surge protectors strips should be kept away from water and moist conditions. This will protect both your appliances and you’re your family from accidents and injuries.
Further, if the strips are required to be installed in a garage or basement area, make sure that they are guarded, installed with hard wires and secured by a professional electrician.
- Upgrade to Surge Protectors when Needed:
No doubt power strip add an additional outlet to the existing power outputs, but at the same time protect the connected appliances from power surges too. Upgrading your outdated power strips and plug adapters to surge protectors will keep your appliances safe from damages that are resultants of changes in power supply.
- Daisy Chains aren’t a Smart Decision:
The idea of connecting one power strip with the other and so on will no doubt provide you with multiple outlets at the same time but technically it is not advisable Connecting the one strip with the other potentially damages the power strips and the electronic devices connected to it.
- Avoid their Prolonged Use for Hours:
Power strips that are not surge, protectors, do not have the capability to be used for long hours and hence should not be used continuously. These strips are specifically designed to handle only small loads such as lamps and computers at the same time. Hence, you cannot use them for heavy electrical outlets.
Further, these strips do not assure longevity and eventually fail with the passage of time. So, due to massive heat emissions, they cannot be used continuously for a longer period of time.
- Always Use Correct Power Strips and Adapters:
Power strips and surge protectors are designed with various wattage and current ratings. So when you purchase a power strip consider the use and current ratings of the appliances the power strips will be used for. Also, keep in mind to match the specifications of the adapters with the gadgets they are purchased for.
- Do Not Use them in Outdoors:
Using a power strip in outdoor areas is not a good idea. As these areas are exposed to dust, debris infestations and hence using them in outdoors is unsafe for the strips and can lead to hazardous results. Therefore, adapters and strips should be avoided in open areas. And in case there is a dire need to use them in outdoor spaces, then power strips and adapters specially designed for outdoors should be used.