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Source: Umatilla County Fire District #1

Firefighters Warn Against Plugging Space Heaters Into Power Strips

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It's starting to get frosty out there, and many people are dusting off their space heaters in an attempt to remain warm this winter. But if you're using a power strip to get the space heater somewhere hard to reach, you're probably going to want to rethink it. 

Firefighters have previously warned against the practice, saying it could spark a fire. The Umatilla County Fire District #1 in Hermiston, Oregon, posted a scary image to their Facebook page back in 2017, along with a warning for readers. 

"The weather is getting colder, and people are pulling out their space heaters," they warned. "We just wanted to remind you that you should NEVER plug a heater into a power strip."

"These units are not designed to handle the high current flow needed for a space heater and can overheat or even catch fire due to the added energy flow. Please share and stay safe this Winter season."

They went on to explain: "This is an image from our fire station when a surge protector was misused. Even the firefighters need a lesson. The point comes down to proper use. Even the best equipment can fail if not used correctly. No one manufacture is at fault, yet it’s all about the end users ability to use the product safely."