Things You Should Never

Plug Into a Power Strip

2. Microwaves

Like a conventional electric oven, the microwave should have its own dedicated power outlet.

4. Toasters

The current draw that toaster wires require can easily cause a power strip to overheat.

5. Slow Cookers

These cooking appliances require more juice over a longer period of time than a power strip can handle.

7. Air Conditioners

Like heaters, portable air conditioners are designed to cycle on and off, and they draw a large amount of current when they switch on. These appliances should always be plugged into a dedicated outlet.

8. Sump Pumps

Instead, plug a sump pump into a GFCI outlet, preferably one installed a few feet above the floor, in case your basement space floods.

10. Another Power Strip

Plugging multiple power strips together, which is known as “daisy-chaining,” violates most fire safety codes and can quickly overload your electrical system.

11. Blenders

Since the purpose of a blender is to liquify foods, there’s also the danger of getting liquid on the power strip, which could cause it to short circuit.

13. Portable Heaters

While portable heaters have built-in safeties that shut the unit off if it begins to overheat, it won’t prevent the power strip from overheating and potentially causing a fire.

14. Power Tools

You can safely use a power strip for power tools in your workshop, but not any old power strip will do. Make sure you use a 220-volt power strip that’s equipped with grounded outlets.

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