So you or your employees are to be working on a hybrid basis going forward, with an element of time in the office and the remainder at home. As has been highlighted in our past articles, there is a huge amount to consider if this transition is to deliver the significant mutual benefits it offers but occasionally it can be the smaller overlooked items that may have significant negative consequences.
Good practice when leaving the office, whether the home or conventional one, is to turn off and unplug key electronic devices such as PC’s, laptops, monitors, printers and peripherals. The reality however is that very few workers tend to do this and at best just close their pc’s down at the end of the day, leaving them on standby. With the increased adoption of hybrid working and thereby the use of extra hardware, this failing is not only using energy but more importantly increasing the exposure to highly damaging power surges that have the potential to fry devises with devastating results.
Occasionally unexplained power cuts may occur that last for just a split second but long enough to reset clocks and central heating timers, whilst on other occasions smaller undetected power surges may occur. In fact, according to Belkin, the average household gets around 350 power surges per year, which clearly demonstrates the high frequency of such events. Whilst these surges do not translate to a device per day being blown, these mains power variations shorten the life of devices and equipment and can be sufficient to eventually stop devices from rebooting, temporarily or permanently.
There is then the impact of the potentially even more devastating lightning strikes. These do not have to hit the property or even close by, more just in the vicinity boosting atmospheric pressure. Without simple measures, these do have the potential to fry valuable devices.
The solution, a surge protector. Most people will have heard of surge protectors but many are unaware of the need for them or will have considered them as one of those ‘must get at some point’ items. For what is a very small outlay that multiple devices can plug into, one or more surge protectors that suppress power surges really are a must have item for both the home and conventional office.
Do remember to replace them every 3-4 years though, since power surges over time wear down the protective components inside the surge protector instead of the expensive devices plugged into them!
FACT: A Striking Fact!
According to the Met Office's detection system, in 2017, the UK had a total of 48,765 lightning strikes that hit land. The months of May, June, July and August were the peak periods. An average of nearly 400 a day !!!
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