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The Yes and Nos of Power Strips

April 22, 2024

A quality power strip should feature surge protection to safeguard your electronics against voltage spikes, protecting sensitive devices like computers, TVs, and gaming consoles from potential damage. Additionally, overload protection is crucial to prevent overheating or fire hazards when too many devices are plugged in simultaneously, typically achieved through a built-in circuit breaker. Adequate spacing between outlets allows for convenient use of bulky adapters without obstructing neighboring sockets, while indicator lights provide visual confirmation of proper grounding and surge protection status. Furthermore, a sufficient cord length ensures flexibility in positioning the power strip, and mounting options offer versatility in installation for tidy and organized spaces.

Conversely, it’s advisable to avoid cheap, unbranded power strips that may lack essential safety features such as surge protection and overload protection, increasing the risk of electrical hazards. Additionally, steer clear of old or damaged power strips exhibiting signs of wear and tear, including frayed cords, cracked outlets, or loose connections, as these can pose serious safety risks and should be promptly replaced. Furthermore, exercise caution with non-compliant or counterfeit products, which may not meet safety standards despite their low prices. Counterfeit power strips can potentially cause electrical fires or damage to devices, making it crucial to prioritize quality and safety when selecting a power strip for your needs.

Don’t wait for a power surge to disrupt your life and damage your property. Contact NH Ross now to learn more about our home surge protection services and how we can help safeguard your home. Our team is ready to provide you with expert advice and installation services to protect your home and electronics from unexpected voltage spikes. Reach out to us through our website, give us a call, or send an email to schedule a consultation. Protect your home with NH Ross, where your safety is our priority.