Six tips to protect your home or business

Protect your property from power surges with these simple tips:

Unplug valuable electronics

If severe weather is in the forecast, unplug what you can.

Unplug any additional equipment not in use

Even turned off, electronics are still vulnerable to power surges if they're plugged in. Unplugging offers the best protection.

Limit the number of devices connected to a single outlet

Avoid overloading electrical outlets, especially in older homes. Only one major appliance should be plugged into an outlet.

Always use a surge protector

Plug sensitive, or valuable electronics such as HDTVs and computers into a surge protector. Not all surge protectors are created equal – be sure to choose the right level of protection for your needs.

You may wish to consider ‘whole home’ surge protectors that can be installed on your panel.

Going out of town?

If you're away for an extended period, you may want to shut off your electricity completely. This is done by throwing the main switch at the fuse box (be sure to turn off all major appliances before you turn off the main switch).

Use a backup generator

Some customers may benefit from using a generator during a power outage to maintain comfort and safety.

Ensure generators are vented to the exterior of the house following manufacturer’s guidelines.

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