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  • Writer's pictureElizabeth Moreau

Five Things You Should Never Plug in a Power Strip

Updated: Feb 21

Using a power strip can be a handy solution when you're short on electrical outlets, but it's crucial to understand their limitations. Power strips are designed to handle devices that require relatively low power, such as AV equipment, smartphones, tablets, laptops, or lamps.

However, plugging high-power devices or appliances into a power strip can lead to overloading and potentially start an electrical fire. Remember, the size of an electronic device doesn't always correlate with its power requirements.


To avoid electrical fires, never plug these items into a power strip:

Large Kitchen Appliances (Refrigerator, Dishwasher, etc.)

These high-powered appliances can easily overload a power strip. They should be plugged directly into a wall outlet and require their own dedicated outlet. Avoid using a multi-outlet converter for these appliances.

Small Kitchen Appliances

Despite their size, small appliances like microwaves, coffee makers, blenders, toasters, and slow cookers require a lot of electricity. They should also be plugged into a dedicated outlet while in use.

Hair Styling Tools

Hairdryers, flat irons, and curling irons draw significant power to heat up. It's safest to plug them into a wall outlet, preferably a GFCI outlet, especially when used near water.

Extension Cords and Other Power Strips

"Daisy-chaining," or plugging one power strip into another, is very risky and can overload the circuit, leading to a fire. The same goes for plugging an extension cord into a power strip or vice versa.

Need more outlets? ENE LLC offers safe, professional wiring and outlet services in the DFW area. Call or text us at 469-790-2019 for your electrical needs.

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