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Severe weather can occur at any point throughout the year with certain seasons being particularly prone to more frequent and intense storms. Ensuring your safety requires constant preparedness reguardless of the season or time of year.  Power outages can occur for various reasons or a combination of factors. Severe weather conditions such as strong winds, hurricanes, typhoons, tornadoes, extreme temperatures, hail and other natural events like floods, solar flares and earthquakes can lead to power outages. Other contributors of power outages are equipment failure, human error, animals, cyberattacks and grid overloads during periods of high demand. Portable generators can serve as a temporary power source during power outages, but they can also pose deadly risks if improperly installed or operated. The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) encourages consumers to increase their knowledge of electrical safety, as understanding the hazards associated with portable generators could save lives.

Here are some important facts and statistics:

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Let’s talk whole house surge protection. What is it? What do you need to know? And why is it an important investment for the safety of your home buyers and their devices.

Surge protection? Boring and technical and way too may terms like amps, right?

TecHome Builder recently spoke with Craig Pluemer, marketing director of the Surge Protection Business for Schneider Electric, about whole-house surge protection. And they are determined to make this subject not so boring and technical.

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Proper grounding and bonding prevent unwanted voltage on non-current-carrying metal objects, such as tool and appliance casings, raceways, and enclosures, as well as facilitate the correct operation of overcurrent devices. Beware of wiring everything to a ground rod and considering the job well done. There are certain subtleties you must follow to adhere to applicable NEC rules and provide safe installations to the public and working personnel. Although ground theory is a vast subject, on which whole volumes have been written, David Herres, in his article in EC&M magazine, asks us to take a look at some of the 10 most common grounding errors you may run into on a daily basis.

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