Surge Protectors

We have a variety of surge protectors scattered around the house and don’t usually give them much thought. I have felt like I did my part – buying not the cheapest but reasonably priced equipment and protecting my electronics.

All of this expense and effort on my part was completely wasted this morning when lightning hit my house. It burned a hole by the front door, attracted by a tiny finishing nail that was holding the trim onto the wall. The lightning made the doorbell ring and then everything that was plugged into a wall socket came on for a brief instant and then everything went permanently dark. The computers, the printer, the TVs, the surround sound speakers, my fairly new rex speaker, the component stereo, the Playstation, the Wii, the telephone, the DVD player – all are dead.

All my electronics fried, even though they were plugged into surge protectors. I guess the lightning was too big of a surge for them to work. I don’t know what else I could have done to protect my electronics other than completely unplugging them from the wall every night before bed. Who wants to do that every night?

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