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National Electrical Safety Month: Prevent Electrical Surges From Damaging Your Appliances

May 22nd, 2013

The month of May is National Electrical Safety Month, and since most – if not all – of your home appliances run on electricity, we’ve compiled some sure ways to prevent electrical surges from damaging your appliances. Power surges or severe outages can impact the delicate electrical and computerized compartments and elements of your appliances, leading to lasting damage or killing the machine completely.

Keep your appliances, and more importantly your family, safe and sound with these helpful tips:

1.) Install a Surge Protector – A surge protector can safely and effectively divert electrical energy during a surge elsewhere, protecting your devices and machines  from frying.

2.) Use a UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) – A UPS acts like a miniature generator that provides a continuous supply of electricity for a period of time following a power surge or outage. Using a UPS can allow the extra time needed to properly shut off appliances if needed.

3.) Don’t Overload Outlets – By overloading outlets, you run the risk of damaging multiple appliances if an electrical surge occurs. The best way to avoid overloading your appliances’ electrical sources is to unplug any appliances, large or small, not in use. Also, try to space out use of outlets so that too many multiple machines are not all plugged into just one or two outlets.

3.) Check All Wirings– If your home has an out-of-date or weak wiring system, it may not be able to handle the power of all your modern appliances, and will certainly prove disastrous in the event of a surge or outage. Make sure that all wirings are strong and up-to-date, and be sure to have wires checked out by a professional for any damage that might cause an electrical fire.

Has one or more of your appliances already become the victim of a power surge? Don’t panic just yet! Call Immediate Appliance at 1-800-323-3023 to come out and assess the damage as it’s likely there is something that can be done to fix the issue.