Commercial Outlet Strips: The Do’s and Don’ts

Commercial Outlet Strips

Commercial Outlet Strips were originally for connecting computers. This was in addition to their accessories and at relatively low power. Due to this, outlet strips or power strips are most commonly used in offices. These strips provide multiple outlets. As a result, they have an on/off switch. Also they have an internal circuit breaker. This circuit breaker will trip at either 15 or 20 amps. Consequently, this will shut off the power strip. This is a safety feature to prevent fires. 

Do’s of Commercial Outlet Strip Usage

  1. Do use a power cord that is rated for the capacity you need.
  2. Also, use outlet strips to reduce electricity consumption.
  3. Do use commercial outlet strips for computers. Also, use them for other house hold equipment.
  4. For safety reasons, buy power strips with internal circuit breakers.
  5.  Sparingly use power strips throughout your home and office.
  6. Do look for outlet strips that are UL and ETL certified.

Don’ts of Outlet Strip Use

  1. Don’t knot the cord. Also, dont twist the cord attached to the outlet strip.
  2. Do not place a surge protector in a moist environment.
  3. Also, don’t place a power strip in an area where carpet will cover it. This is also true for furniture. This will limit or prevent air circulation.
  4. Never use an outlet strip that feels hot to the touch. Also, do not use if it has any visible damage. This is also true for power cords.
  5. The use of nails, staples, or tape may damage the power cord. Using any of these to secure power strips to walls is dangerous. This is in addition to securing them to any other objects.
  6. Do not use indoor power strips outdoors. Only use exterior rated strips outside. 
  7. Do not plug too many items into a power strip. Multiple devices in one strip can cause damage.
  8. Do not extend extension cords by plugging into another cord. Consequently, overloading can occur.
  9. Don’t use extension cords as substitutes for permanent wiring. They are for temporary use only.
  10. Furthermore, do not leave unused extension cords plugged in. This can result in a waste of energy and electricity.

Causes of Power Strip Overloading Are:

  1. One wall receptacle serves multiple high-use power strips.
  2. The power strip serves an excessive number of appliances.
  3. Items such as refrigerators, microwaves or space heaters are high voltage. Plugging them into power strips can cause overloading. 

Wrapping It Up 

In conclusion, extension cords and outlet strips are helpful. Also, so are power taps. This is in addition to surge protectors. However, using them properly is just as important. Proper use will keep everyone safe. It will also, protect your electronics. 

We here at Falconer Electronics sell many different types of outlet strips! We specialize in customizing outlet strips for consumer’s needs! Check out our blog on Outlet Strips We Sell for more information!

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