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Electronic Equipment Needs Protection

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Delmarva Power Warns Lightning Strikes, Auto Accidents, Animals Can Cause Power Surges and Momentary Outages

Wilmington, DE – Resetting all the clocks and other digital equipment can be annoying, but damaged and ruined electronic equipment, such as your computer, can be devastating.

“Lightning strikes, power dips and momentary outages can ruin sensitive electronic equipment,” said Delmarva Power System Operations Director George Nelson. “For that reason, we urge our customers to protect their important electronic equipment with a good surge protector.”

Spectacular lightning shows are common across the mid-Atlantic during the hot, humid days of August. Unfortunately, that same lightning can send a surge along any conductive line, including your home’s electric wiring, TV cable and telephone or computer lines, and damage or destroy anything in its path.

Delmarva Power works hard year-round to maintain reliability, but there’s no guarantee that electric service will not be affected by lightning or by any number of things, such as a vehicle accident or an animal entangled in the wires.

Electrical surge protectors can be purchased at most hardware or home improvement stores. Simply plug in your appliance and plug the protector into a wall outlet. Even more protection can be obtained from a whole house surge protector installed at the main circuit panel, which should only be done by a licensed electrician.

“It’s also a good idea to plug computers and other sensitive electronic equipment into a separate grounded circuit to isolate them from fluctuations caused when a major appliance starts, such as a room air conditioner or refrigerator,” said Nelson.

When lightning strikes or the power goes off even for a few seconds, you can lose important computer data. So if you are running a business or have important documents on your computer, you may want to invest in an Uninterruptible Power Supply unit (UPS). In addition to surge protection, UPS units have a battery back up that allows your records to be saved if the power goes out unexpectedly.

For more information on outages, safety, or energy conservation, visit www.delmarva.com .

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Editors Note: refer to Delmarva Power's website (www.delmarva.com) for information on electrical safety, energy saving tips, bill payment options and power outage updates.

Delmarva Power, a public utility owned by Pepco Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: POM), provides safe and reliable energy to more than 500,000 electric delivery customers in Delaware, Maryland and Virginia and over 118,000 natural gas delivery customers in northern Delaware .