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Items You Should Avoid Plugging Into A Power Strip
Power strips come in handy whenever there’s a lack of electrical outlets, but can pose serious safety and electrical fire risks when used to power anything other than light-load electronics. To prevent a hazardous situation, here are some household items that can never be plugged into power strips.
Toasters, coffeemakers, and microwaves should be plugged directly into power outlets, as they rely upon a high capacity to operate and can quickly overwork a portable strip. Per U.S. Electric, appliances such as refrigerators require consistent power in order to function, which power strips typically aren't created to handle.
Hairdryers, curling irons, and any product that generates heat should always be plugged into a wall outlet, as these items can short-circuit a power strip. Additionally, Hi-Lite Electric Inc. advises against using power strips or extension cords in bathrooms since they can come into contact with water and cause harm.