Lightning can damage your gear without striking

Brief by Walt Hall

Utilities – August 2006 – Colorado Central Magazine

Summer time is here again, and with it come the lightning storms that can wreak havoc on your electronic equipment. Nothing is going to survive a direct hit, of course, but lightning can strike power and telephone lines many miles away and transmit surges. When the power company tries to cope, your lights might flicker. During our summers, your household current can vary considerably from the standard 117 volts.

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