Things You Shouldn’t Plug Into Power Strips & Extension Cords

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Household power strips and extension cords come in handy, but if  misused they can overheat or even catch fire. While doing the research for this article, I learned that I shouldn’t use an extension cord to plug in the hot plate for my Christmas Eve buffet. And I shouldn’t “daisy chain” power strips or extension cords. I haven’t burned my place down yet, but as the saying goes, “better safe than sorry.”

Don’t Plug These Into a Power Strip or Extension Cord

  • Air conditioners, portable
  • Air compressors
  • Blenders
  • Coffee makers
  • Freezers
  • Generators
  • Hair curling and straightening wands
  • Hair dryers
  • Hot plates
  • Microwave ovens
  • Slow cookers
  • Refrigerators
  • Rice cookers
  • Space heaters
  • Sump pumps
  • Toasters
  • Washing machines and dryers

More Power Strip and Extension Cord Safety Tips

Don’t “daisy chain” power strips or extension cords.
Unplug extension cords when they’re not in use.
Hold the plug, not the cord, when disconnecting from the outlet.
Store cords indoors.
For use outdoors, always use a cord marked for outdoor use.
Use cords with polarized or three-prong plugs when possible.
Check extension cords for damage before using and discard if damaged.
Don’t bend or coil cords while in use.
Don’t run extension cords under rugs or furniture.
Don’t attach them with staples, nails or tape.

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