CMW Electric
Sunday, May 28, 2017

Lightning, a Forgotten but Formidable Foe

In this economy, many homeowners are struggling to make ends meet. One unforeseen problem could be the straw that breaks the camel’s back. That’s why it’s important to protect your home when you can.
 
While most homeowners carry flood or fire insurance, a commonly overlooked problem is lightning. Lightning strikes more than 250,000 times per year, resulting in hundreds of millions of dollars in damages.
 
Lightning is not deterred by surge arresters, suppressors and “whole-house protectors.” However, when combined with a structural lightning rod system, they can prove a valuable and effective means of protection. (We’re happy to help you choose the best surge protection option for your home – just give us a call.)
 
Tall trees do not protect homes from lightning strikes. Lightning can actually “side-flash” from a tree into a home as it seeks a more conductive path to ground.
 
Lightning likes technology, too. As we become more and more tech-savvy, the losses from lightning strikes are increasing. Internal systems lead lightning toward more valuable, often irreplaceable, items and people in close proximity.

Home Office Equipment Boosts Your Energy Use

Setting up a home office with all the latest computer equipment and gadgetry can be an efficient way to conduct work at home, but consider the added costs to your electricity bills. A computer may use as much energy as a television, and then you add the fax machine, the printer… and it adds up. Many devices continue to use electricity even when switched off. Unplug these appliances or turn off their power strips to stop the use of energy. This protects your equipment against voltage surges.

Preventing Electrical Fires: Cord Safety

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, home electrical fires kill 280 Americans each year and injure 1,000 more. In many cases the cause is overloaded extension cords. Consider these tips about electrical cords:
 
  • Never run them under carpet or rugs, near nails or in high traffic areas. When unplugging, hold the plug firmly and pull out straight. Replace cords that are worn, old or damaged.
     
  • Don’t use a standard household extension cord for a major appliance or heat-producing appliance. Instead, use a heavy-duty appliance cord that can carry the load.

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