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Installation Recommendations for Surge Protectors

Surge protection installation recommendations | Surge protection failure indicator lights | More information about surge protection

This topic discusses surge protection

  • installation recommendations and
  • failure indicator lights.

Surge protection installation recommendations

The table below provides recommendations when considering installing surge protection.

Device

Recommendation

Main power entrance

Install a high-energy surge protection device (lighting arrester) to divert power surges

  • away from the electrical system and
  • out through the ground rod.

Cable television line

  • Be sure the line ties into a single ground together with all of the utilities entering the home.
  • Protect the lead in wire with surge protection.

Audio/video equipment

Plug each piece of equipment into a multiple outlet surge protector.

Microwave ovens

Require heavy-duty surge protectors that are specially designed for microwaves.

Telephones and answering machines

Use a surge protection device that contains protection elements for the

  • power supply and
  • telephone line inputs.

Surge protection failure indicator lights

Purchase surge protectors that have failure lights, so that they can be replaced in the event of failure.

Note: It is important to position surge protectors where they can be easily seen, so that you will know if they are working properly.

More information about surge protection

Visit the topics below to learn more about protecting your home with surge protectors.