Winter is on its way. Even though it feels like that already, this arctic blast is going to end at some point. All the same, the intense cold probably has you pulling the space heater out of storage. Many homeowners are tempted to plug their heaters into power strips instead of a wall outlet and think nothing of it. Here are some of the reasons why you shouldn’t do that.
When outlets overload, they can explode. This is a frightening situation and one you should do your best to avoid. There are already plenty of potential fire hazards in your home, so be even more careful when you go to plug in a space heater. The heaters need a high current flow, and this can lead to overheating or fires if it is not handled correctly.
Power Strips and Surge Protectors
Power strips and surge protectors are not the same things. The surge protectors can block or discharge any overloads in the line, but power strips can’t do that. Before plugging them in, take a close look at the packaging for any space heaters you do purchase. After all, most manufacturers will recommend that you plug them directly into a wall outlet. Extension cords and power strips can’t support them. It’s also smart to avoid plugging anything else into a power strip that is already overwhelmed by the space heater.
Electrical Safety Tips
Let’s finish our discussion of space heaters and power strips by reminding everyone about electrical safety tips. For instance, inspect the cords and cables attached to all of your electrical devices. Frayed cords and damaged plugs are never a good sign. Move all of the wires away from any sources of heat. If any appliances are on, don’t walk away from them. Instead, keep a close watch on it – leaving it completely unattended is something you avoid. Lastly, take the time to install smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors throughout your home.
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