June 2010 Safety Tip
Relocatable Power Taps (RPTs)
Also known as “power strips,” “strip plugs,” and “surge suppressors,” these devices were developed as a way to plug in numerous computer peripherals (monitor, printer, scanner, modem). A typical array of these devices doesn’t require a great deal of power (3-5 amps, 300-600 watts). However, many people make two major mistakes: they try to use RPTs as extension cords, or they plug in high-current devices to them, such as refrigerators, coffee pots, space heaters, microwave ovens and toasters.