• Atlantic City Electric Recommends Surge Protection for Home Electronic Equipment

    Apr 12, 2010

    MAYS LANDING, N.J .When it comes to expensive home electronic equipment, Atlantic City Electric reminds consumers to take the necessary steps to protect it from power surges.

    A power surge is an increase in voltage significantly above the designated level in a flow of electricity. In normal household and office wiring, the standard voltage is 120 volts . If the voltage rises above 120 volts, there is a problem that could result in the loss of electronic equipment.

    “A voltage surge can occur inside or outside a home and is the most serious form of power interference. It can damage electronic equipment such as computers, printers, treadmills, and other electronic devices,” said Robert Revelle, Atlantic City Electric Region Vice President.

    Atlantic City Electric encourages consumers to invest in one or both of the types of surge protection available to homeowners today. They are:

    · Surge Suppressor – This is the most common form of surge protection and is seen in the form of a power strip and can handle up to 6,000 volts.

    · Surge Arrester – This is installed in or near the main service panel of a home and offers protection against voltage surges up to 20,000 volts (such as a lightning strike).

    Atlantic City Electric also warns against confusing a standard power strip with one that offers surge protection.

    “Poorly made surge protectors and power strips can overheat during a surge and set electrical devices on fire,” Revelle said. Both the surge suppressor and arrester will divert the short-lived electricity into the outlet’s grounding wire, he added.

    For maximum protection, consumers should invest in suppressors and arresters, ensuring the voltage surge gets reduced enough to prevent the loss of any and all home electronic equipment. Electrical surge suppressors can be purchased at most hardware or home improvement stores; the whole house surge arrester should be installed by a licensed electrician. However, it should be noted that neither a surge suppressor nor arrester will guarantee protection in all instances.

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    Atlantic City Electric, a public utility owned by Pepco Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: POM), provides safe, reliable and affordable regulated electric delivery services to more than 547,000 customers in southern New Jersey.