Summertime and the lightening comes quickly and often!

I did this a while back as part of a short presentation for my friends at the Charlottesville  Chapter of BNI and since this is the first full day of summer for 2012, I thought that I’d repeat it.

This is the time of year when the chances of thunder-storms goes sky-high and the potential for lightning strikes increases as well. We all know what lightning strikes can do to trees and power lines  but we don’t often give much consideration to all the electronic equipment in our homes. Yes, we use power-strips with surge protection but we often forget to do anything about the phone lines and cable connections that bring the world to our PC’s/Macs. They are just as susceptible to lightning as power-lines. Tech Republic has a brief gallery showing what happened when a PC’s modem was the direct recipient of a power surge due to a lightning strike. The PC had the standard power strip surge protection but it lacked outlets for modems & cable.

So what can you do about it? Many electrical service firms such as Mr. Electric offer whole-house surge protection for a reasonable price including installation. (Don’t try to install one yourself. These devices need to be installed by trained professionals!)  If you already have or plan to get one, don’t leave anything to chance; go to Staples, Office Depot, Best Buy or wherever and purchase the best one you can afford. After all, what’s a few dollars when a stroke of lightning could fry your $700 PC? Even with whole house surge protection, it’s smart to have a back-up in place. An example of one of these multi-protective devices may be found at Newegg.com.

Don’t wait. That 40% chance of thunderstorms this afternoon could turn into a 100% chance of an electrical surge.

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