Arlington, VA— After surveying electrical designers, planners, and engineers, on surge damage and surge protection, the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) found a need to spread awareness of the purpose and effectiveness of Surge Protection Devices (SPDs).
A power surge is a sudden and unwanted increase in voltage that can damage, degrade, or destroy electronic equipment. Surges can occur when appliances switch on and off, such as generators or compressors. Surges can also originate from electric utilities or lightning.
In a 2017 Surge Damage Survey, ESFI surveyed electrical designers, electrical planners, and electrical engineers who worked in designing or renovating electrical systems in industrial facilities, healthcare facilities, and IT centers. Surge protection has been required by the National Electrical Code (NEC) since 2014, but ESFI’s survey results revealed that about one-third of clients who declined surge protection for their facilities did so due to a lack of concern about surges, while another third of clients believed that current available surge protection technology is inadequate.
“It was shocking to discover that experts as well as consumers were misinformed about the capabilities of surge protection devices,” said ESFI President, Brett Brenner. “ESFI’s goal is to combat this misunderstanding with educational resources, so that companies can safeguard equipment and in turn, protect their business.”
Surge protection can prevent unexpected downtime and help ensure the life span of sensitive and valuable electrical devices. In fact, 82% of surveyed professionals agreed, by indicating that surge protection is necessary to protect expensive equipment.
ESFI aims to inform consumers and businesses that surge protection is not an accessory, it’s an essential component to a business. For the complete results of the Surge Damage Survey, visit ESFI’s website.
The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) sponsors National Electrical Safety Month each May to increase public awareness of the electrical hazards around us at home, work, school, and play. ESFI is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated exclusively to promoting electrical safety. For more information about ESFI and electrical safety, visit www.esfi.org.