Now that it’s starting to cool down, you’re tempted to throw an extra blanket on the couch. And, of course, plug in an electric heater. But somehow you’ve managed to fill up all the sockets and plugs are at a premium. No problem, you think, I’ve got a power strip. Well let me say: nononononono.
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Fire District #1 of Umatilla County, Oregon, has a little demonstration of what can happen when you plug an electric heater into a power strip:
Photo: Umatilla County Fire District #1
That looks bad, right? Apartment Therapy writes that in a now-deleted Facebook post (the perils of going mega-viral, I guess), the fire department warned, “These units are not designed to handle the high current flow needed for [an electric] heater and can overheat or even catch fire due to the added energy flow.”
Remember that power strips are not surge protectors, but even still, many electric heaters come with specific instructions, often to plug them only directly into the socket. Stay warm and stay not on fire!