Power Surges and Damage to Electrical Equipment
Power surges may cause damage to electrical equipment in your home or business. Electrical equipment is designed for specific voltages and increases to the voltage resulting from a power surge may damage electrical equipment. This can create potential electrical safety hazards.
In addition to your electronic consumer devices, it’s important to check the following electrical safety equipment within your home or business to ensure it still works properly:
- Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI) — these electronic devices protect you from electrical shock. They can be part of electrical outlets or circuit breakers (look for the “test” and “reset” buttons), or can be built into electrical appliances such as whirlpool tubs, hot tubs, heated floors, etc.
- Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters (AFCI) — these electronic devices protect your home from electrical fire and are usually found in your electrical panel (look for the “test” and “reset” buttons).
- Smoke detectors, and/or carbon monoxide detectors that are powered by your home’s electrical system (i.e. hard-wired).
Damage to electronic devices cannot be detected solely by a visual inspection. You will need to find and operate the “push to test” button (follow the manufacturers’ instructions) to determine if the following devices operate properly and if not, replace them:
- any GFCI and AFCI devices
- smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
Remember, if you need to hire someone to do electrical repairs in your home, you must hire a Licensed Electrical Contractor.