With spring in full swing it’s never too early to start preparing for heavy storms. Hurricanes usually make huge headlines during the summer and fall, but the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) warns homeowners to not underestimate the destructive and deadly force of thunderstorms.
These storms occur far more often and directly affect more people and homes in the U.S. than hurricanes.
You can help protect your home by knowing the difference between a surge protector and a power strip. A power strip plugs directly into a wall outlet and allows you to plug in multiple electronic devices. It will not protect equipment from damage by a power surge. A surge protector affords the ability to plug in multiple devices and also protects them against surges during a storm.
IBHS cautions against using an inexpensive surge protector—$10 or less—especially to protect expensive equipment. It’s a good idea to make sure a surge protector has been tested to UL 1449 and has an indicator light so you know that it is working.
A licensed home inspector can review your power, telephone, electrical and television connections in your home to ensure the power line connection and your power distribution panel are sufficiently grounded.
Anchor Home Inspection is always available by phone to answer questions regarding your current or future home.
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