Your electricity and electrical appliances are so much a part of your life; you hardly think about them - until there’s trouble. Trouble comes in the form of power surges caused by such events as lightning strikes, cars colliding with utility poles, limbs falling on electrical lines, and demand fluctuations within the home. Any of these occurrences could send uncontrolled electrical surges into your home’s wiring and damage the appliances you depend on. A power surge can come into a home through any wire including antenna lines, telephone wires and television cable lines. A home power protection device can help eliminate the risk of costly and inconvenient damage caused by power surges through the main electric service. Whether the disturbance is natural or man-made, small-scale or catastrophic, today’s sophisticated protective systems can make your equipment more dependable than ever before.
Many power-surge problems in a home can be associated with improper wiring and grounding. Grounding must adhere to the requirements of the manufacturer’s local code, and the National Electrical Code (NEC) - for safety as well as for proper operation of any surge protection system. Commonly overlooked problems include improperly grounded main disconnects and circuit devices. NEC recommends that multiple grounds (such as those at telephone and CATV service entrances, satellite poles and dishes, metal well casings, and antenna towers) be bonded together to reference a common ground. Contact your local building code authority about proper grounding requirements.
To help defend against voltage surges entering your home and doing damage, a meter adapter can be installed between your meter and your house by Ozark Electric Cooperative for a low monthly fee. Your whole electrical system is buffered from major power surges and your “white” appliances are protected from damage. Note: this does not cover your well pump. Surge protection devices which you can purchase at a local dealer and you or an electrician can install inside your home or business are highly recommended to provide a second buffer for sensitive home electronics against surges inside your home and large surges that may get past the meter adapter. These extra surge protection devices along with the meter adapter can help prevent disturbances from outside and inside the home.