Don't Use A Power Strip

Power strips and surge protectors provide a handy way to turn all the components in your computer system on and off, but leave your printer out of it. If your printer has a power switch, use it to turn the device off. This lets the printer complete its shutdown procedure; for ink jet printers, this includes parking the print cartridges so they don't dry out. In most cases, you probably don't need to turn the printer off at all; most now have sleep modes that draw negligible power, and many ink jets don't even have power switches.