ELECTRICAL SAFETY QUIZ

BELIEF #7:

YOU CAN'T OVERLOAD A MULTIPLE-PLUG POWER STRIP.

Sure you can. If the total current from the appliances plugged into the power strip exceeds the posted capacity, you can easily blow a fuse. Always check the specifications on the packaging or the identification plate on the bottom side of the strip before loading it up to capacity.

As a general rule, appliances such as refrigerators, fans and stereo equipment should not be plugged into power strips, says GE's Bunton.

 

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Adapted from "Shocking Truths About Electricity In The Home" by Mick Hans.

Family Safety and Health, Winter 1992-1993. 

Thanks to Ken Lomax for the info.

October Safety Poster

Posted 10/99