Carolina Defective Product Watch: Surge Protectors Create Fire Risk

Schneider Electric Corporation has issued a recall for a series of its surge protectors because they overheat and melt which causes a risk of fire and injury.

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Our Spartanburg personal injury attorneys know that surge protectors create a risk of fire in many situations and could be responsible for fires at home or the workplace.

The Schneider Surge protectors being recalled were sold at various stores including CompUSA, Circuit City, and Best Buy for prices ranging between $13 and $50. The surge protectors were sold between January 1993 and December 2002.

Schneider Electric has received over 700 reports of the affected surge protectors overheating and melting. There have also been 55 claims of damage to property as a result of fire and smoke. The property damage claims include $750,000 in damage at a medical facility and 916,000 in damage to a private home – both as the result of fire.

There have also been 13 reports of various injuries including contact burns from touching the surge protector after overheating and smoke inhalation.

According to the recall consumers should stop using the affected Schneider Surge protectors immediately and unplug them from the wall. Consumers may contact Schneider to receive a replacement surge protector for free.

There are many ways to avoid the dangerscaused by surge protectors.

Surge protectors should not overheat if designed and manufactured properly and used in a safe manner. A surge protector is designed to protect sensitive electronic equipment from unwanted and sudden increases in voltage that may damage, destroy, or degrade the electronics.

Power surges can help protect home and businesses from loss of data, financial losses, and equipment downtime and damage.

It is important to remember that surge protectors do not provide increased power to a location simply because they may increase the number of available outlets.

In order to ensure safe use of a surge protector href=”http://www.esfi.org/index.cfm/page/Surge-Protector-and-Power-Strip-Safety-Fact-Sheet/cdid/10625/pid/10272″ target=”_blank”>ESFi recommends you keep the following in mind:

• Remember that surge protectors and power strips are not the same device. Some power strips may act as surge suppressors but you should be certain to purchase equipment that matches your needs.
• Be certain you know the power requirements of the electrical devices you are using and the available power from the circuit so you can be sure not to overload the circuit by plugging in to many devices.
• A surge protector will only protect equipment and will not protect the circuit from being overloaded.
• If you become heavily reliant on multiple power strips in one location it is necessary to contact a licensed electrician to have more outlets installed where you need them.
• You should also consider purchasing surge protectors for phone and cable jacks to prevent surges from damaging components.

If you or someone you love has suffered an injury, contact Lee Law Offices, P.A. for a free and confidential consultation with our North and South Carolina attorneys. Call 1-800-887-1965.

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