Possibly combining with- easy to occur & very common in homes
In order to select a power strip, i researched various options on different sites - reading customer reviews carefully.1. Even if a product has passed its required "code of approval" - electricity isn't an area i want to scrimp on.2. I was alarmed by the number of consumer reviews of power strips which i read on various sites- describing ones which were purchased less than 5 months earlier, manufactured with "cheap" plastic casings (not all plastic is cheap and brittle) and " which had already broken ! "3. Furniture today gets moved around more than historically and is frequently built on castors - enabling collisions. A power strip can become jammed between furniture as we squeeze more into our living space. Individual family members don't all handle furniture/ or electronics as we might ourselves.A power strip needs to be strong enough to withstand the above.I worry about the risk of:a. Fire, a short circuit, lightning, on its own.B. But as well, possibly combining with- easy to occur & very common in homes: "imperfect home electrical systems"c. When you add to this : "poor quality" or "inferior" or "damaged power strips"the variety of combination (s) of the above - can be very very serious!Beyond a "worse case scenario" of a home fire, results can include:i. Destruction of expensive electronics/equipmentii.Destruction of multiples of other less expensive electric & electronic itemsiii. Damage/destruction of documents or cherished family photos. (digital store on computers)a hard drive located outside the home won't fix these problems!I have "no illusions" that if or when a power strip alone, malfunctions -in spite of having passed "required, relevant, electrical code standards" -"the power cord will not "know " to turn itself off & prevent serious damage to my home"equally possible -we know that homes often have improper wiring or contain defective electrical products - which can trigger a serious problem in the home.The reasons i bought fellowes 7 oulet power strip - with 12 foot cord were::1. It addressed the concerns i had after reading customer reviews from various sites - about products - that they both liked and disliked. In particular - the quality, construction and durability of the actual strip - as described - impressed me. When i received the product - i am very confident in it.2. I knew of the fellowes brand name - not from having bought items myself - but from hearing about them a number of years ago - related to their product developed in the office supply categories. At that time i went on line and read about their focus on ergonomic office chairs - designed for the health and comfort of office staff. I found them to be credible .3. I needed a long cord and 12 feet exceeded my expectations!This product has a very strong outer case and the" plug- in" component area is solidly built.It exceeded my expectations when it arrived.Some additional experiences/ realizations that i had while doing my research:1. My plan is to replace older power strips which have shorter cords and older technology, over time.2. Unrelated to my age or my existing power strip cord length being too short - days after receiving and installing the cord, i tripped and nearly y fell, over the electrical cord for my laptop. It was in my way because i had "chosen" to plug it into the new power cord - instead of one that is 3 years old - with available plug in space located on the other side of the room. I wasn't thinking about something that i already knew : all cords need to be managed "as a group- for safety" reasons. I live in an older home, don't have many plug- ins and so i use power cords to make up for it. (conscious of not overloading an individual oulet). Tripping made me realize, that in homes where power cords are too short -and/or plug in's are 6-8 feet away from the electrical product - "unmanaged" - each "too short" power cord - can translate to an average of 6 electrical cords to trip over.Kids often re-arrange things - unaware of potential consequence;the result can be a fall by older people - right now the highest % of our population they have been in history.Combine this with the "exponential" increase in the number of electrical products used per capita, this is an important safety issue i haven't heard anyone talk about!Power strips with long cords have been very hard to find;and they have been much pricier than the models with shorter length cords..Perhaps due to the latter, "it has been accepted as a "given" that we had no alternative but to organize ourselves around the availability of the shorter power strips.While they are still more expensive than those with shorter length cords - prices are becoming more reasonable and perceptions may change.Er cord- i had no idea of the considerations involved.I hope this is helpful!