What needs to be plugged directly into the wall?

Some devices draw significant amounts of current, and should be plugged directly into the wall. Contact Environmental Health and Safety Office- Fire Safety if you have specific questions about how to power your devices/appliances. The Electrical Safety Guide can also provide information about the safe powering of devices. The following devices should always be plugged directly into the wall:

  • Portable heaters (i.e., space heaters)
  • Refrigerators
  • Large fans
  • Microwaves
  • Power strips
  • Coffee pots
  • Any device that draws over 10 amperes
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