What You Don't Know About Surge & Lightning Protection Will Shock You.
Lightning and power surges can strike at any moment and can destroy or cause expensive damage to your sensitive electronics and appliances. Being prepared for these unexpected surges and spikes can make a big difference in protecting your appliances and equipment.
Lightning is often the cause of power surges, but other factors such as birds, squirrels and trees interfering with power lines can cause a power surge. Construction work, demand fluctuations in your home, auto accidents involving utility poles, and even disturbances transmitted through telephone and cable lines can have the same effect.
Proper grounding can prevent most lightning damage. All ground leads such as electric, telephone, cable TV and satellite should be connected together outside the house and share the same ground rod(s).
Surge arresters provide additional protection. A comprehensive surge and lightning protection program can eliminate the risk of costly damage. Complete protection should have two stages. The first stage is a meter base surge protector. These units shield electronics and major appliances such as refrigerators, stoves, washers, dryers, freezers and furnaces located inside the home. The second stage includes the installation of point-of-use devices for electronics such as TVS, DVDs, microwave ovens, computers or anything that uses a microprocessor.
Clay County Electric Cooperative carries a full line of residential surge protection products, as well as Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) and battery backup units for personal computers.
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