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Surge Guard protects valuable appliances and electronics
May 1, 2016

As residents of Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative territory know so well, winter isnít the only part of the year that holds the potential for storm trouble. With the approach of summer, weíre now entering the thunderstorm season with its penchant for lightning strikes and brisk breezes that can inflict serious damage.

Iím glad that the cooperative has well-trained operations crews on the job and that weíre also keeping our system of distribution lines in topnotch condition. Those are our first lines of defense against Mother Natureís wrath.

In addition, Blue Ridge offers its Surge Guard program, which enables members to take their own extra steps to protect valuable electronic devices and appliances against over-voltage occurrences. Such over-voltage conditions can be triggered by indirect lightning strikes, motors switching off and on, damage to power lines, and the like.

Our Surge Guard unit is an arrestor that can be installed on the memberís meter base. Thereís a one-time $50.00 installation fee for the arrestor and a monthly charge of $6.50 for the service, a charge that can be included on each power bill.

The Surge Guard package includes the following items:

  • Installation of the surge-protection device

  • Measurement of existing ground resistance to ensure proper operation of the unit

  • Installation of a new ground rod with a Cadweld connection, when needed

  • Maintenance and inspections, as required, and at no additional charge

  • Light-emitting diodes to monitor the health of the arrestor

While thereís no device that can completely eliminate surges from entering a premises, a Surge Guard suppression unit can provide a great deal of help. If this service might be of interest, I encourage you to contact or visit your nearby Blue Ridge office for all the details.

Sincerely,

Charles E. Dalton



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