September 9, 2022
Being indoors is a safe place to be when lightning strikes—but that doesn’t mean your electric appliances and devices are safe. That’s why Clarksdale Public Utilities is encouraging customers to take appropriate steps to protect their home electronics from harm.
“Power surges from lightning strikes can cause significant damage to electronics and appliances in a matter of seconds,” said CPU General Manager Curtis D. Boschert. “By investing in the proper equipment, customers can protect their property and save money by avoiding the cost of repairing or replacing damaged products.”
The easiest way to protect smaller appliances and electronics is by plugging them into a surge protector, which takes the brunt of a lightning strike and diverts extra voltage to keep power levels consistent.
For larger appliances such as washers, dryers, refrigerators, stoves, air conditioners and water heaters, a whole-home surge protector can reroute the voltage away from outlets to the grounding wire. Always plug larger appliances into wall outlets and never use surge protectors, plug strips or extension cords to power them.
Boschert noted that CPU is committed to reliable service and works year-round to protect its grid against the worst that Mother Nature can bring. In addition to proactive inspections and maintenance, the utility adds lightning protection devices such as shield wires and surge arresters to protect its equipment from the destructive effects of cloud-to-ground lightning.
While lightning is a common factor in power surges and equipment damage, it’s not the only source. The National Electrical Manufacturers Association estimates that more than half of surges are caused by events inside the home, such as old wiring or overloaded circuit breakers. In fact, 60% to 80% of power surges happen when larger appliances like air conditioners cycle on and off. That is why having some type of surge protection can help.
Additional tips include:
“Major appliances and electronics are expensive,” said Boschert. “One bad power surge, and you could be out thousands of dollars in equipment. Before that happens, take a few steps to ensure your home is protected from voltage spikes.”
For more information and details, visit SafeElectricity.org or NEMA’s Surge Protection Institute.
Clarksdale Public Utilities is a municipally owned utility serving approximately 6,800 homes and businesses in Clarksdale, Mississippi. Its mission is to safely provide sustainable electric, water and wastewater services in a reliable and courteous manner by well-trained team members, committed to top quality, efficient operations, competitive rates and the vitality of the community.
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