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Consumers Can Protect Home Electronic Equipment from Power Surges this Summer

New York, Jun 20, 2006

An estimated twenty-five million lightning bolts strike the earth each year, with the greatest frequency occurring during warm summer months. Capable of reaching temperatures ten times hotter than the surface of the sun, a bolt of lightning can pose serious threats to life and property. In the United States alone, lightning accounts for more than $2 billion in damage annually. The electric currents delivered by a lightning strike can also cause power surges that result in permanent damage to electronic equipment such as computers, televisions and radios.

In recognition of National Lightning Safety Awareness Week—celebrated annually with the onset of summer—American Power Conversion Corporation (APC) has offered the following tips for homeowners to help minimize the risk of damage to important electronic equipment in their homes and home offices:

  • Protect crucial electronics from harmful high voltage, caused by power fluctuations (surges or spikes), by selecting surge protectors with low-let-through voltage ratings.

  • Ensure the safety of electronic equipment by selecting a surge protector that protects all available surge paths, including electrical cords, telephone cords, data lines and coaxial cables.

  • Determine which devices would benefit from continued operation in the event of a power outage and support that equipment with an uninterruptible power supply (UPS).

  • Select a UPS model with the option to add extra battery units to increase the runtime of critical devices.

  • Use power management software to monitor the quality of power that equipment is receiving and set up the ability to automatically shut down the system and applications running when a power failure occurs.

  • Protect and manage structured wiring and home networking applications with a UPS that enables remote management of home automation functions and ensures protection in the event of a power outage.

  • Maximize and protect valuable home theater equipment with a power conditioner that also features surge protection, voltage regulation and noise filtering.

  • For added peace of mind and insurance, select power protection equipment that offers a lifetime guarantee against equipment damage.

  • Choose power protection gear that is safety certified by UL, cUL, CSA or other Nationally Recognized Test Lab (NRTL).

  • Update or replace older power protection solutions in a safe and environmentally friendly way; please visit for more details.

 Homeland Defense and Security Standardization Collaborative