What do you mean your company doesn’t have surge protection?
We challenge you to check off how many of these appliances and devices you use in your building daily:
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What happens when a surge of energy overwhelms your equipment? An over-voltage can damage, degrade or destroy electronic equipment. No one wants to spend their budget on buying new computers or a photocopier before it’s necessary, or worse, leaving you vulnerable to the loss of irretrievable data (the only time you consider the fragility of the virtual world).
The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) estimates that 60-80% of surges are created within a facility. Such as when large appliances switch on/off, or, the electric utility company may cause this during a power grid switching. Lightning, however, can cause the most powerful surges.
How does surge protection work?
Surge protection is specifically designed to prevent transient over-voltages appearing at the terminals of sensitive equipment by re-directing the energy into the ground. Installed in or on your main electrical panel, these devices provide comprehensive protection for an entire electrical system, covering components that cannot be connected to a ‘point-of-use device’, such as outlets and light switches.
Is surge protection worth it?
The cost of determining whether or not you need surge protection with a survey is equal to securing surge protection in the first instance. So you could be cutting initial costs, whilst ensuring protection from the get-go; why wouldn’t you?
But, you can ask yourself these questions if you are still unsure:
- Does your current installation contain a lightning protection system or any equipment requiring resistance to over-voltages?
- How sensitive/valuable is your equipment to you?
- Could the consequences caused by an overvoltage:
A) Result in serious injury to, or loss of human life
B) Result in interruption of public services
C) Result in interruption of commercial or industrial activity
D ) Affect a large number of co-located individuals
(If the answer is yes to any of the above, section 534 of the 18th Edition Wiring Regulations UK states protection against over-voltages should be provided.)
How much are your devices worth to you?
- Actual Cost?
- The inconvenience of losing them?
- Irretrievable data?