9 things to never plug into a power strip

Present power strips as convenient and economical for plugging in electrical appliances but highlight the risks involved.
Share a personal experience of a mishap caused by overloading a power strip, emphasizing the need for caution.
Understanding Power Strip Capacity:
Advise readers to first check the maximum power rating indicated on the power strip.
Explain the importance of summing up the power consumption of each device plugged into the strip to avoid exceeding its capacity.
Identifying Appliance Power Consumption:
Suggest checking the power consumption details on each electrical device.
Offer an example calculation to illustrate how easily the maximum power threshold can be exceeded and the importance of unplugging devices to stay within safe limits.
Nine Devices to Avoid Plugging into Power Strips:

Nine Devices to Avoid Plugging into Power Strips:

Oven: Highlight the high energy consumption of ovens and the risk of dangerous overheating when plugged into a power strip.

Refrigerator and Freezer: Discuss the continuous power draw of these appliances and the risks of plugging them into an extension cord.

Washing Machine and Tumble Dryers: Point out their high annual energy consumption and the associated risks of short-circuiting when using a power strip.

Auxiliary Heating: Caution against using power strips for these devices due to their tendency to overload the strip quickly.

Microwave: Clarify the misconception about microwaves being low energy consumers and advise against using power strips for them.

Coffee Maker: Share the surprising energy consumption of coffee makers and the recommendation to plug them directly into a wall outlet.

Toaster: Illustrate the high energy use of toasters and advise against using power strips for them.

Daisy-Chaining Extension Cords: Warn against connecting multiple extension cords, a practice that can easily exceed power strip limits and cause fires.

Internet Box, Computer, and TV: Explain the sensitivity of these devices to electrical issues and suggest using a surge protector if a power strip is necessary.


Conclude by summarizing the key points and stressing the importance of being cautious with what is plugged into power strips.

Emphasize that while fire risks are low, prevention is crucial to ensure safety from potential overheating hazards.

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