Have you ever needed to look around for a few minutes for an open outlet? In many homes, there seems like there never are enough outlets for all the power cords and chargers that are needed for modern life.
The solution is usually a power strip, but did you know that there is a proper and improper way to use a power strip? In fact, used improperly, it could even pose a fire hazard.
The most common mistake that people do is overloading the power strip. You should never daisy chain power strips, and larger appliances shouldn’t be connected to a power strip. If you need to connect a large appliance and there aren’t enough outlets, you might want to move some other devices out of the way so the appliance can plug into a wall outlet.
You should also avoid running the cord for a powerstrip underneath a carpet, since this can lead to overheating.