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Thunderstorms Versus Plugged-In Electronics

10/1/2020 (Permalink)

power lines and electrical tower When lightning creates a power surge---the voltage coming through the power lines can be in the millions!

Who Will Prevail?

Our homes are filled with many treasurers. But I am not talking about the kids or the dog. When a thunderstorm begins---we all get a little worried about our other special, expensive items. You know the things you cannot live without? Phones. TV’s. iPads. Computers. Do we really ‘have’ to unplug electronics during a lightning storm? Or is this just a myth?

Well, for starters, the Department of Homeland Security says you should unplug all of your appliances. This is primarily because lightning striking near a local electric pole can cause a surge of electricity to burst through the power lines. 

A normal object plugged into an electrical outlet is designed to use about 120 volts of electricity and can withstand up to 169 volts. But when lightning creates a power surge---the voltage coming through the power lines can be in the millions!

Think your technology and appliances can withstand that? I guess mom was right (again.) So, it probably would be wise to unplug the high-ticket items like computers, TV’s and the X-Box.

However, I know what you are thinking, I have a surge protector! That will save my awesome, expensive, “I can’t live without stuff.” Wrong again! Surge protectors are intended to save your ‘cool’ stuff from small surges within the electrical grid.

If you really want to spend some cash on saving your stuff… invest in a whole-house surge protector. Although it won’t protect your whole home---they are installed on your home’s main electrical panel and are much more reliable in taking on those bigger surges.

Should you need help before, during, or after a storm, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Mercer County. We are at your service and ready to help 24/7.

Call us today! (724) 704-8939

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