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  1. But don’t confuse power strips with surge protectors. Power strips are multiple outlets on a strip. Surge protectors protect your electronics from electrical problems such as surges, spikes, or distant lightning strikes.
  2. Surge protectors are not required for all items but you’ll want them for expensive devices. This is especially true if they have microprocessors, such as computers, televisions, newer kitchen appliances, etc.
  3. When you buy a surge protector, get one with an indicator light. This is a must! Surge protectors don’t last forever; even when the surge protector diverts a surge so your electronics aren’t damaged, the protector itself can be damaged. An indicator light will let you know that your surge protector is working fine.
  4. Make sure it has a UL rating.
  5. You don’t have to purchase the most expensive surge protector on the market. Just look for a high joule rating and a low response time so it works faster (this information will be on the box).
  6. They don’t last forever and the more they have to work the faster they wear out. Again, they could also be damaged protecting your electronics. If you live in an area with a lot of activity you should replace your surge protector more often.

Piper Electric Co., Inc. can answer any questions you have about purchasing the proper surge protector for your electronics and other expensive devices.





Spring has Sprung
Facts about Spring

1.  The first day of spring is called the vernal equinox. The term vernalis Latin for “spring” .  The fall and spring equinoxes are the only two times during the year when the sun rises due east and sets due west.

2.  The first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere is the first day of fall in the Southern hemisphere.

3.  The first spring flowers are typically lilacs, irises, lilies, tulips, daffodils, and dandelions.

4.  Holidays that occur in spring include Easter, Passover, April Fool’s Day, Earth Day, Arbor Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Cinco De Mayo, and more.

5.  One long-term study found that, at least in the Colorado Rocky Mountain region, spring begins, on average, about three weeks earlier than it did in the 1970s.

6.  At Chichen Itza, Mexico, the Mayan celebrate the first day of spring with “The Return of the Sun Serpent.” On the evening on the spring equinox, the setting sun creates a triangular shadow on the El Castillo pyramid that looks like a descending snake.

7.  In China, the coming of spring coincides with celebrations for the Chinese New Year.

8.  For the Japanese, the opening of the cherry blossom, Japan’s national flower, in March or April signals the start of spring.

9.  During the spring, birds are more vocal as they sing to attract mates and warn away rivals.

10.  Tornadoes are most common in the spring and least common in winter.

11.  Honeybees are more likely to swarm during the spring.

12.  The U.S. spring season is culturally interpreted to be the day after President’s Day, which is the Tuesday after the third Monday in February, and ending on the Friday before Memorial weekend.


Taken in part from Facts.com