I just signed a lease on an apartment. I didn't look carefully at all the outlets, but I noticed that each bedroom has exactly one outlet, and the overhead light fixture in the kitchen works by pulling a chain, i.e. there is no light switch in the wall. So I think the electrical wiring must be very old-fashioned.
My question (I hope I may ask this here even though I do not want to do any DIY electrical work -- not sure where else to ask): may I safely plug in my laptop? I suspect it would not be good to use a surge protector. Should I make sure to unplug it if there's a chance of a thunderstorm? Should I go to the library every day to charge it?
The electric company required an electrical inspection before I could open an account for the address. The apartment passed the inspection. I didn't have the opportunity to speak with the inspector.
Sorry, I forgot to say, I'm in the U.S., specifically New York State.