Plugging a space heater into a power strip can be disastrous here's why
As temperatures begin to dip across the country, millions of people are pulling space heaters out of storage to help warm their homes.
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.
Most people do not realize that power strips are not the same thing as surge protectors.
You should definitely not use an extension cord or power strip, which could easily overheat. And you really shouldn't plug any other electrical devices into the same outlet as the heater for safety reasons.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission warns against using extension cords or power strips with space heaters to reduce fire risks. The agency says that portable electric heaters cause 1,100 fires per year, resulting in about 50 deaths, dozens of injuries and millions of dollars in property loss.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, 32 percent of home-heating fires involve space heaters, resulting in 79 percent of home-heating fire deaths in the United States.