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[ad#block] Electrical Question: Are outlet plug strips safe to use?

In my office I have four wall outlets. This office is on one 20Amp circuit breaker. If every thing in my office is on and being used I’m over the 20 Amps. But not all things are being used at the same time. Can I use outlet strips? If so what type should I use?

This electrical wiring question came from: Kim, from North Canton, Ohio.

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Thanks for your electrical wiring question Kim.

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Surge Protection at the Point of Use

Point of use products provide a second line of defense. Homeowners can reinforce the protection provided by a point-of-entry protection device by installing surge protectors (strips) and low-voltage surge suppressors.

Surge protectors plug into grounded wall receptacles where sensitive electronic equipment is located. These devices defend electronic components against surges from outside, and internally generated transient events (surges) that travel through AC power lines. Low-voltage surge suppressors defend electronic components against surges from outside, and internally generated transient events (surges) that travel through phone, data, and coaxial lines. These plug-in protectors generally have much lower limiting voltages than entry protectors, and provide better protection for electronic equipment.

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