A Power Strip is not always a Surge Protector - Here's Why

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Imagine you are the manager for a large office building and want to replace your outdated lock-and-key system with a new access control system.

You have done the research and found the perfect keyless system that will protect the external entrances, elevators and individual offices. You have a company come in and set the system up, and within a few hours, the system is active and functioning properly.

Two days later a lightning strike triggers a power surge that damages your system, rendering it useless. No one can enter the building and those who are already inside cannot use the elevators or enter their offices. Bypassing the building’s security system gets everyone back to business, but also introduces a major security risk.

You spent thousands of dollars on a system that was supposed to improve security, yet you are now dealing with angry tenants, an unsecured facility and a tremendous repair expense. How did this happen?

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A minimal investment could save your company thousands.

The best way to protect your business from lightning is to install surge protection on all vulnerable devices and the electrical data paths between them. For example, install AC power and data circuit protection for each dispenser. Next, install protection on the controlling devices inside your stores, such as distribution boxes and pump controllers. Finally, add surge protection to your point of sale equipment and all of its data paths. As a rule, always install AC power and low voltage surge protection on all devices that are interconnected.

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4 things you should know about protecting your devices from power surges

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Industries invest thousands of dollars annually in the latest technology and electronics. Yet without one element which is often overlooked, the entire investment can be damaged or destroyed in just seconds. Although prevention is both easy and inexpensive, many people don’t realize they need protection from power surges until it’s too late.

 

Here are four things you need to know about surge protectors that may help you think more proactively when installing new technology.

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