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Spike / Surge Protectors
An electrical device that provides protection for the electrical items within a property can the
called a "spike or surge protector". It's commonly used to protect computers and other sensitive
equipment from surges that can occur in the wiring. Although the wiring in your property can
handle many variations of voltage, any item that has electronic components inside it can not.
Electrical surges can occur from a number of sources, namely lightning, problems in the utility
company lines, and the basic surges that occur while motors and compressors for refrigerators
and air conditioners turn on to name a few.
A spike is a brief increase in the voltage intensity and a surge is an increase that endures a bit
longer than a spike. In either case the voltage increases generally endures for less then a
second and surge protectors can prevent many of the problems resulting from spikes and
surges. Surge Protector Equipment can be purchased as a receptacle strip or a box form end
that contains a number of receptacles to plug equipment into. UPS Systems (" Un-interruptible
Power Supply") are the best protection for computers or computer networking systems. They
not only provide the best spike and surge protection, they also keep a constant operating
voltage supplied during a black out keeping the equipment online for the duration of their rating.
An electrical device that provides protection for you is called a "GFI Receptacle" (Ground
Fault Interrupter). You've been seeing them everywhere lately because of the safety they
provide. Electrical grounding is still very important for electrical safety but these devices work
even better. GFI Receptacles always have a test and reset button and they are meant for
standard use. They are required by code for areas that may be hazardous and should be
found in locations where one could come in contact with water such as bathrooms, kitchens,
outside electrical receptacles, basement, and etc.. These GFI Receptacles are meant to shut
down immediately before you can get an electric shock from the item plugged in. Press your
test button to be sure they are working!
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