Power surges – you probably know they can trigger a circuit breaker and shut off electrical items, but do you know what causes them, or how they can potentially damage equipment around the home? Most households experience power surges at some point. So here’s what you can do to recognise the dangers and protect your home from electrical damage.

A HIDDEN DANGER

Power surges occur when there’s an unexpected interruption to the flow of electricity through the grid, or when a device that is supposed to draw electricity puts it back into the system instead.

Mains voltage in England runs at 230 volts and 50 Hz. Many countries, including the USA and Japan, have appliances that run at a different voltages (eg 110V 60Hz). These d