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Need-to-Know Guide for Surge Protection

Mr. Electric Power Surge Prevention Tips​

WACO, Texas (Feb. 12, 2015) – A power surge can happen at any time, not just during an electrical storm. Power surges can cause damage to homes and businesses, leading to expensive repair work. Damage from power surges can be prevented with the right power surge protection measures. These tips from Mr. Electric® will help keep homes and businesses safe during power surges.

Lightning Protection System

The lightning rod has been around for over 250 years, and it is still a great way to protect against lightning strikes. The improved lightning rod, in additions to cables and grounds or a lightning protection system is a great investment for protection from lightning-based fires and power surges.

Since lightning bolts are not the only cause of power surges, homeowners need to be aware of other causes of electrical power surges. Plugging in or running large electrical equipment, like refrigerators and dishwashers, can cause power surges. Power surges ruin computers, televisions and other expensive electronic devices.  They can also cause larger electrical problems within the home.

Surge Protectors 

Investing in a surge protector is one way to protect devices from power surge damage. Often, there are surge protectors with multiple plugs available so multiple devices can be plugged in and protected. Some surge protectors even come with a warranty that ensures the safety of your products or replacement if they are damaged.


Many insurance companies cover damage due to power fluctuations. Be sure to talk to an insurance agent to see what policies include this coverage. Insurance can come in handy when expensive electrical devices or electrical wiring in the house is damaged due to a power surge.

It is important to keep in mind that power strips and surge protectors are two different things.  A power strip is just is an extension of a wall outlet and does not provide protection from a power surge.

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About Mr. Electric

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