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Old 12-14-2014, 09:05 AM
 
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You see, reading this whole story made me immediately spend some hours today inspecting every square inch of my home to make sure that:

Amen. That's one important reason why I initiated this thread. Maybe you live in a single house, but if not:

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you can be a very careful person, but if your next door neighbor has an overloaded power strip, you could lose your life to a fire.

I think such information and knowledge need to be spread as widely as possible. I believe overloading power strips or daisy chaining wires are very common.

Nonetheless, I also hope the investigators do a good job to see if there is foul play involved in this horrible death.


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My response: Unfortunately, I am embarrassed to say that, as late as perhaps April of this year, I had some power strips daisy-chained to other power strips (not knowing any better . . . thinking that all quality power strips have fuses in them that will shut off the unit if the strip's capacity is overloaded, so I assumed 'What is the risk? The strip will shut itself off if overloaded"). But the apartment building now does yearly or twice-yearly inspections of everyone's living unit and they said that this practice which is referred to as "daisy-chaining" is a fire hazard and I inspected my entire home to remove all occurrences of it & re-designed/re-arranged my home layout to keep any power outlets with as few electrical devices plugged into them at a time & otherwise keeping various items unplugged unless in use at that very moment (and then I unplug the item again when finished with its use). And the building management then comes back to re-inspect to see what changes are made that they previously directed to be done.

But now, after reading this thread, I am going to keep all these necessary steps in mind DAILY to make sure I never become lax and revert to older practices (i.e., I certainly won't be "daisy-chaining" ever again, but also will be scrupulous to leave unused-at-the-time electrical devices or appliances to be left UNplugged . . . for instance, I just UNplugged my microwave oven).
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Old 12-14-2014, 02:34 PM
 
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A friend of mine barely survived a terrible fire due to an overloaded power strip.

My current apt was built in the 70s, and fairly efficient, but I still use a heavy duty surge protector for my tv and soundbar. Nothing else is overloaded or requires a strip, since newer buildings have sufficient outlets for demand and there's a grounded dedicated socket for the wall AC as well.

My first shared apt in NYC I lived in a bedroom with a half-outlet. Yup, half light switch, half outlet. Every time a roommate used a hair dryer or toaster, the fuse would blow. I am not surprised that older rentals with inadequate electrical wiring would have these risks.

This apt was probably rented as a "garden apartment" -- unscrupulous landlords will rent anything and there's little oversight.
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Old 12-14-2014, 10:42 PM
 
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Could someone knowledgeable about electronics/electrics provide two lists of common devices/equipments that use electricity, one lists those may cause overloading, and one lists those very safe ones drawing little power? Thanks.
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Old 12-15-2014, 03:34 AM
 
Location: New Jersey
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I also for the life of me can never understand why anyone would even consider living in a basement.

Basements were not meant to be habitable. They are for storage, laundry stuff, tools, work area, not eating, sleeping and bathing.
Why would this be hard to understand, especially for someone from this city? In case you didn't notice, housing is hard to come by in this city. Many people take what they can get, even basements.
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