Lightning Strikes Often! Protect Your Electronics and Appliances from Power Surges
Surge protectors can make a difference
Imagine coming home from work to find the circuits in your expensive HDTV fried from a voltage surge caused by a nearby lightning strike, and not just your TV, but also your computer, modem, dishwasher, etc. Lightning-related damage occurs in more than 100,000 American households a year, according to the Insurance Information Institute, which tallied more than 109,049 lightning-strike related U.S. claims in 2016. Those strikes resulted in more than $825 million in damage-related payouts – and those numbers only included homeowners claims, not renters with no homeowners insurance; the actual figure may be signifigantly higher.
good news is that you can help protect your electronics and appliances from
voltage surges, by strategically using point-of-protection surge protectors
throughout your home. These work by
limiting voltage sent to the electronic/appliance either through blocking or
shorting to the ground any unwanted voltages above a safe threshold, explains Sal Porcillo, engineering manager for UL’s Circuit
Management Team, in an article for Inside
You probably already own one or more point-of-protection
surge protectors. They often look like a power strip
extension cord but differ from a basic power strip in that a surge protector
contains a special device inside to redirect a voltage surge. Consider using
one for all major electronics, as well as appliances that use electronics to
operate. When selecting surge protectors, choose ones with the UL Mark. This means representative samples have been
tested and met the rigorous safety standards of UL.
To offer further protection to your
home and its contents, consider installing a UL Listed whole house surge
suppressor, which hard-wires to your home’s circuit breaker panel. “In the
event of a power spike or surge, the whole-house filter would absorb that
voltage spike and protect everything else,” Porcillo says.
Homebuilders today are
inceasingly offering whole-house surge
protection as a standard add-on. Some homeowners decide to have them
installed during major home remodeling projects, while other homeowners get a
quote from a contractor/electrician and have it done for the added protection
and peace of mind.
thunderstorm season, in addition to reducing lightning-related risk to your
electronics and appliances, you’ll also want to protect yourself and your
family. If you hear thunder, you’re within distance of a lightning strike, so
take shelter inside a building or vehicle, then stay inside for at least 30 minutes
after the last thunderclap, urges the National Weather
inside, mind these seven tips of things not to do
inside your home during a thunderstorm.
all of this knowledge will help reduce the thunderstorm safety risk to your
electronics, appliances and family.