Electricity means much more than the ever-growing list of problems. The dangers of lightning and electrical surges present are very real. For instance, a sudden electric surge could harm many of your properties.
An electrical surge could ignite an electric fire, in fact, electricity is the third greatest cause of home fires every year. Lightning could hit your home, causing extensive damage. Lightning is the most dangerous and encountered weather hazard that most men and women experience every year, by the National Severe Storms Laboratory. So take time to look into some actions you may take to help protect yourself and your own property.
Whole house surge protection.
Where do electric surges come from? An electric surge is a sudden increase in voltage that may harm your home’s electrical components. A surge may happen when: Your electrical utility switches power from one area of the grid to another. Air conditioning units, furnaces, refrigerators, or vacuum cleaners turn on or off. Electric utility lines touch one another. Nearby lightning strikes happen.
Surge can travel down power, phone, and cable television lines. When there’s a surge, both unprotected electronics and appliances could be broken. The harm builds up with time, till the outlet breaks.
Properly installed Surge Protection Devices.
Along with a good grounding system, it should help shield your electronics and appliances from all-electric surges. An SPD diverts the spike on the ground around your house, where the surge dissipates. That is why a good grounding system is very important to surge protection. A step-by-measure surge protection plan.
Step 1: Consider asking a professional electrician to check your home’s grounding system to make sure it is in working order.
Step 2: Plug your electronics and appliances into point-of-use SPDs. Use single vent SPDs for appliances that only have a power cord and multi-port SPDs for devices that have cable, antenna, phone, and power cords.
Step 3: Consider installing a whole-house surge protection system to consume larger surges that come from outside your house. This apparatus can be set up on the electric meter from the utility company, or next to the electrical service panel by an electrician.
What’s a Lightning Protection System?
When lightning strikes, the resulting electrical surge could travel via insect transmission lines to neighboring homes. And a direct lightning strike on your house may cause serious damage.
But, if your home has a lightning protection system, an overvoltage caused by lightning might more frequently be safely redirected into the ground. A lightning protection system isn’t meant to prevent a strike. Its purpose is to provide a safe path on which the current can be safely directed into the ground.
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