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July 23, 2018

3/14/2018 1:33:00 PM
A jolt from the white

Rick Frederickson
Computer Technician

Last week's thunder snow gave us an early reminder that spring and the dangers of lightning are very real. Several of our customers' homes were struck by lightning, or lightning struck nearby. This resulted in two dead computers, that we know of, and damage to other electronics.
This is an early reminder to help us protect our electronics during the spring and summer storm season. Here some tips to follow:
• If you have enough warning unplug your electronics. This includes TVs, stereos and routers as well as computers. Unplugging means everything including power cords, coax, network and telephone cables. If you are unsure about plugging them back in, draw out a simple schematic of where you unplug them from.
• Surge protectors are vital. However, make sure you use a fairly new surge unit, not just a power strip. Also, older surge protectors lose their effectiveness. Use surge protectors for computers, TVs and other sensitive equipment.
• If you lose electricity regularly, consider a UPS unit. UPS stands for uninterruptable power supply. These gadgets are a little more expensive but do a much better job protecting your electronics by regulating power more consistently. We carry UPS devices.
• Check with your insurance company about coverage. Many carriers have low-cost electronics riders so you don't have to work through your larger home deductible.
• If you do get hit, all may not be lost. Sometimes the repair is minor. And in the event it is major we usually can still get data such as pictures and documents from a hard drive.
Contact us if you have any questions about how to protect your devices against lightning.

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