Surge Protection Highlights – Video Short

From 2017 to 2023, surge protective devices (SPD) have undergone major changes in the requirements set by the National Electrical Code. These changes are designed to better protect people and equipment from power surges. In 2017, surge protection was required for emergency elevators, dumb waiters, escalators, moving walks, platform lifts, stairway chairlifts, and fire pump […]

Prevent Facility Downtime with Surge Protective Devices – Video Short

A recent survey by ESFI and NEMA found that power surges are responsible for over 1/3 of unplanned outages and downtime in facilities across the country. Nearly ¾ of facilities experience unexpected downtime multiple times a year because of power surges. And we all know that downtime can have a significant impact on your bottom […]

Magnetic and Inductive Coupling Surges – Video Short

Power surges can happen anywhere. But 60 to 80% of them originate from equipment inside our buildings and facilities. Power surges can be caused by magnetic and inductive coupling from elevators, HVAC systems, variable frequency drives, computers, and more. Be aware that magnetic and inductive coupling can cause power surges and take steps to protect […]

Healthcare Surge Protection – Video Short

Surge protective devices (SPD) are required for emergency systems and for areas of nursing homes and limited care facilities used exclusively as patients’ sleeping rooms. SPDs protect critical infrastructure that help patients and also prevent the 3 D’s of power surges: destruction, disruption, and degradation.   It’s important to be aware of the causes of […]

Common Surge Internal Causes – Video Short

Power surges can happen anywhere. But 60 to 80% of them originate from equipment inside our buildings and facilities. These damaging surges are typically caused by large electrical loads switching off and on like HVAC systems and elevators. Power surges can be caused by switching electrical loads from contactors, relays, and breakers, as well as […]

Common Surge External Causes – Video Short

Power surges can happen anywhere. But 60 to 80% of them originate from equipment inside our buildings and facilities. However, external sources are also known to cause havoc. Indirect lightning events, power grid switching, and damage to power lines or transformers are all capable of causing power surges in your facility. It’s important to be […]

Benefits of Surge Protective Devices – Video Short

Voltage surges can damage equipment and lead to unexpected downtime. While GFCIs, fuses and breakers, and consumer UPSs help meet your facility’s safety requirements, only surge protective devices (SPD) can prevent the three D’s of power surges: destruction, disruptions, and degradation. A power surge can happen so fast that a typical circuit breaker cannot detect […]

Avoid Non-Approved Electric Vehicle Adapters – Video Short

Charging your electric vehicle? Well, make sure you only use manufacturer-approved charging cables. Never use non-approved adapters. Non-approved adapters may seem like a quick fix, but they can bypass safety features installed in manufacturer-approved chargers. They can also cause shocks, fires, and even damage your car’s battery. To ensure your safety and the longevity of […]

Downed Power Lines – Video Short

If you come across a downed power line, always assume the line is live and dangerous. Power lines can energize the ground up to 35 feet in diameter, that’s about three car lengths. If the ground is wet, it could be even more. Immediately call 911 to report the downed line. Never try to move […]

Electrical Warning Signs – Video Short

Overloading your home’s electrical system can cause a fire. If your lights start to flicker or dim; smell burning, see discolored switches or feel warm outlets, these could be signs of a serious wiring problem. If you get a mild shock or tingle from an appliance or switch, it could be a sign of a […]

Extension Cord Safety – Video Short

Every year over 3,000 home fires are caused by extension cords. That means if not used properly, they can overheat and light up a home. Only use tested and certified extension cords. Inspect your cords for damage. Don’t ever plug an extension cord into another. Make sure you’re using the right type of extension cord. […]

Importance of Qualified Workers – Video Short

Working with electricity is extremely dangerous, so it’s important to always hire qualified electrical workers for those jobs. At the workplace or job site, 69% of all electrical fatalities involved non-electrical workers. Overhead power lines, unexpected contact with electricity, working on energized parts, ground faults, and damaged wiring accounted for 92% of electrical fatalities. Avoid […]