In a two-part series of blog posts, we want to explore the topic of powering your electronics. In the next post, we’ll talk about surge protection. In this post, though, let’s talk about some things to keep in mind when it comes to using power strips.

Power strips can be extremely useful, especially in homes where there are very few power receptacles. When the blueprints for a home are being designed, the designer is rarely planning for the exact way the homeowner plans to place their electronics. It may be tempting to daisy-chain power strips (in other words, to plug a power strip into another power strip), but this can cause serious issues, and it’s a significant fire hazard.

Don’t plug any high-voltage appliances into a power strip, like your refrigerator, dishwasher, or basically any appliances that you’d find in a kitchen. One more thing – it’s important not to assume that a power strip includes surge protection, because not all of them do. But, more on surge protection later!

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