power surges

Climate Change and Power Surges

We hear a lot about climate change, now referred to (and in our opinion, correctly) as climate emergency. Yet, how often do we think about how the developing climate emergency will affect us in our homes? In this article, we’ll be talking about climate change, power surges, and what we can do to protect ourselves.

Most residents of the United Kingdom, from Aberdeen, to Bury St Edmunds and down to Cornwall, will be more than aware of climate change. Despite the appeals of the lobbyists crying foul, most of us will likely feel that our weather patterns have been turned on their head.

One of the most noticeable changes is regarding rainfall, and in particular, the number of violent thunderstorms experienced across the nation.

We all know the chances of being directly hit by lightning are slim. More storms probably equal a slightly higher likelihood, but even then, we’re talking massive odds where you’re more likely to win the lottery!

However, it isn’t only direct strikes to people and property that do serious harm and damage. It’s extremely possible that a lightning strike along the local power grid could cause power surges, impacting thousands of households.

If a larger than normal amount of electricity comes into our homes, we need to be able to protect not only our circuitry but also the devices and appliances connected to it.

Imagine waking up the night after a storm, only to find that none of our appliances were working any more… And then consider the number of items connected to power in your home at any one time. The cost to replace, including the impact of having to replace a fully stocked freezer, for example, make such a thought unfathomable.

That’s without focusing on what could happen in the event of a power surge induced electrical fire.

Yet, all this is entirely possible if precautions to protect your home are not put in place!

This is why it’s essential to get the opinion of a qualified electrician if you’re in any doubt about your existing electrics.

How to Protect Against Power Surges

The first line of defence against power surges is your consumer unit (fuse board). All modern units will trip at the first hint of a surge in power. A secondary defence is specific units, such as surge protection built into specialist extension leads.

The fact is that if a surge makes it to your appliance, it may be rendered useless. Food for thought indeed.

As we’ve said, the first line of defence against damage from power surges is your consumer unit. If you haven’t had yours checked recently, we highly recommend that you do so at your earliest convenience. It’s a phone call that could save you thousands of pounds, and also your life.

For advice on how to protect you and your home from power surges you can contact our team on 01284 386899 or email info@phihome.co.uk and our qualified electricians will be happy to help you.