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Home Maintenance ChecklistMany consumers are unaware of the ways that technological advances benefit them, especially in the industrial surge protection field. Most people think of surge protection as the surge strips that you can buy at Walmart and plug your computer into. Due to the fact that it is a rare occasion that a power surge will affect your home in a way that affects your electronic equipment, many begin to believe over time that surge protection is actually pointless and unnecessary. In reality, the surge strips that will pop and cut off the power to your computer in the event of a power surge are only a very small aspect of the surge protection industry, one that saves consumers thousands of dollars each year in the bills they pay for utilities as well as in the prices they pay for services. This is due to the fact that the typical industrial application involves a significant expectation of replacement costs of equipment that will be damaged by electrical surges, costs which must be passed off to the consumer in order to remain profitable. As the levels of damage that are predicted to happen on a year to year basis is reduced and the costs of operation are brought down, the savings can be passed off to consumers in the form of lower prices. Most consumers are unaware that one of the biggest costs associated with many industries is surge related damage as a result of lightning strikes. Essentially, the concept is based on the fact that lightning strikes cause significant power surges that damage the equipment that runs industrial installations of all kinds. These lightning strikes cannot be predicted or mitigated, but the surges that are produced as a result of them can be stopped from causing damage if industrial level surge protection devices are installed and appropriate measures are taken. This extends the useful life of the equipment that is typically figured into the business plan as needing to be replaced at periodic intervals as a result of damage. The technological advances of surge protection equipment allow companies to get more useful life from their equipment, and therefore absorb less yearly costs that must be passed off as pricing increases. The most advanced of these surge protection devices also provides an ability to not be knocked offline after performing its duties, as a residential surge strip would be. By not needing resetting or replacement after use, industrial installations are able to keep online for longer periods of time and therefore creating surpluses of their product, again driving down prices to consumers. While your typical consumer may know very little about the industrial surge protection market and the role it plays in their lives, they benefit from the technological advances that are made each year that improve the products. New industries like green energy and high-speed data transfer companies as well as cellular companies all utilize cutting edge surge protection devices in order to maximize performance and minimize costs. This is all beneficial to the consumer who sees lower prices and better services as a result. This beneftis to consumers end up saving millions of dollars each year that can be spent in other ways and supporting other industries which also may be utilizing surge protection to their benefit. The bottom line is that by reducing the natural occurrence of damage that is a result of lightning strikes and surge-related replacement and resetting, consumers benefit. The surge protection industry is continually developing improved products which will create greater and greater savings for consumers across the globe. We should all be thankful.
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Sump Pump not Pumping
Some Lights are Out but no Breaker is Tripped
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Industrial Surge Protection Saves Customers MoneyAccording to a study done by the Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2,287 U.S. workers died and 32,807 sustained lost-time injuries from electrical shock or burn injuries between 1992 and 1999. Of these 32,807 non-fatal injuries involving lost time, 38 percent were classified as electrical burns. Each injury caused an average of 13 days away from work, and nearly one fatality occurred every day of the year. While this study is several years old, it's still relevant today because we continue to face the same issues with electrical shock and burn injuries. Here are two regulatory updates issued in response to this problem, with guidance on providing a safe workplace: OSHA Electrical Standard Update, Subpart S of 29 CFR Part 1910 OSHA, in the proposed rule, explains the reason for the update. OSHA undertook the project to revise 29 CFR Part 1910, Subpart S, for two major reasons. First, OSHA wanted the standard to reflect the most current practice and technology in the industry. Second, in implementing the rule, OSHA responded to requests from stakeholders to revise Subpart S so it reflects more recent editions of NFPA 70, the National Electrical Code, and NFPA 70E, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace. According to OSHA's press release of Feb 13, 2007, "The changes to OSHA's general-industry electrical-installation standard focus on safety in designing and installing electrical equipment in the workplace. Included in the new standard are a new alternative method for classifying and installing equipment in Class I hazardous locations and new requirements for ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs). The 2000 edition of the NFPA 70E was used as a foundation for the revised standard. The final rule also replaces the reference to the 1971 National Electrical Code in the mandatory appendix to the powered-platform standard with a reference to OSHA's new electrical-installation standard." The final rule becomes effective Aug. 13, 2007. To read OSHA's "Safety and Health Topics" for electrical, visit http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/electrical/ index.html. Navy Electrical Update Navy photo by MC3 Marvin E. Thompson, Jr. The Navy is ahead of OSHA in updating electrical-safety standards. The Navy updated the Tri-Services Unified Facilities Criteria (UFC) 3-560-01, with Change 1, "Electrical Safety, Operations and Maintenance (O&M)," to meet the requirements of NFPA 70E 2004. This UFC supersedes UFC-3-560-10N (previously MIL-HDBK-1025/10), Safety of Electrical Transmission and Distribution Systems, referenced in OpNavInst 5100.23G. It incorporates tri-service requirements into one unified document and provides electrical-safety requirements for all shore electrical-work activities (low and high voltage) and addresses implementing NFPA 70E 2004 arc-flash criteria for electrical safety. An updated version of OpNav P-45-117-6-98, Electrical Worker Field Safety Guide, incorporating the requirements of this UFC, is being developed and should be available in the near future. Remember, regulations always are the minimum requirements to ensure worker safety. OSHA's 29 CFR 1910, Subpart S, and the Tri-Service UFC provide guidance to help ensure your command's electrical workers have a safe workplace. You always can take more steps to further protect yourself and your fellow workers. More information can be found at these websites: * http://www.wbdg.org/ccb/DOD/UFC/ufc_3_560_ 01.pdf * http://safetycenter.navy.mil/osh/downloads/ufc_ 3_560_01.pdf [DoD - Unified Facilities Criteria - Electrical Safety and O&M]. By Steve Geiger, CSP Naval Safety Center SAFE-NAVOSH@navy.mil
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