9 things to never plug into a power strip

January 25, 2024


1. The oven
The oven is undoubtedly among the most energy-intensive household appliances. Even if you don’t use it regularly, you absolutely should not plug it into a power strip!

It is better to provide an individual wall outlet to avoid the risk of dangerous overheating.

2. The refrigerator


So I know what you’re going to tell me. The refrigerator is not the household appliance that consumes the most of all household appliances. Since it doesn’t consume too much energy, we say to ourselves that it’s good.

It can be plugged into an extension cord without any problem. Well no ! Let’s not forget that a refrigerator is electrical voltage sent 24 hours a day to the power strip. So, plug this type of device into an extension cord, you forget. And then I’m talking about refrigerators, but this also concerns freezers.

3. The washing machine
A washing machine consumes on average 1150 kWh per year. It is therefore a very energy-intensive device and therefore not recommended at all for a power strip.

Plugging the washing machine into a wall outlet avoids any risk of short circuiting and overheating of the extension cord. The same goes for tumble dryers. They consume way too much electricity to leave them plugged into a power strip.

4. Auxiliary heating
I’m not telling you that you shouldn’t use it, but remember to plug it directly into a wall outlet. Never on an extension cord, because this device very quickly overloads the power strip.

5. The microwave
Never believe that this little metal box doesn’t consume any energy. A microwave can consume on average 70 kWh per year. You see, it’s not nothing. You should therefore avoid plugging it into an extension cord.

6. The coffee maker
You might think that a small machine like a coffee maker consumes nothing. In reality, it is quite electricity-intensive with consumption estimated at 165 kWh/year. So plug this device into a wall outlet.

7. Le grille-pain

If you toast buns every morning, you consume between 500 and 1000 W per year! Yes, that’s a lot for such a small device. All this to tell you that you should avoid plugging it into a power strip.

8. Another extension
Do you have a lot of electrical appliances to plug in? So you use several extension cords connected to each other. Very, very bad idea! By doing this, the maximum authorized power of the power strip can very quickly be exceeded.

This type of bad practice is also the cause of many domestic fires!

9. The internet box, the computer and the TV
So the internet box, the computer and the television do not consume a lot of electricity. On the other hand, these devices are particularly sensitive to any electrical problem (overvoltage, etc.).

So, avoid plugging them into a power strip or equip yourself with a surge protector.

Conclusion There you have it; you now know which electrical devices you should not plug into a power strip.

The chances of fire are fortunately quite low, but prevention is better than cure! Because the risks of overheating are indeed

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