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Smart Connections: Surge Protection

Lightning is a giant spark of electricity in the atmosphere. NOAA estimates about 30 million lightning strikes hit the ground each year. When lighting hits the ground it can enter homes through electrical cabling and introduce dangerous energy surges into equipment connected to the system.

To keep electronics safe, high quality surge protectors are a good idea, in fact Jackson EMC offers them. Single outlet protectors are available for $17 and are equipped with a variety of other features, including modem and coaxial protection. An eight-socket strip is available for $88.

Surge protection for motor-driven appliances, such as HVAC units, refrigerators, garage door openers and water heaters is available through Surge HELP®. Fees for this protection can be added to your monthly bill with annual coverage starting at $5.75 a month for $2,000 worth of coverage.

More information about Jackson EMC’s surge protection program is available at www.jacksonemc.com/surge.