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A power outage can be harmful to the technology and appliances located in your home. Though the lack of power does not damage electronic devices, the sudden absence of it and the hard shutdown of devices can cause irreparable damage and the inability to restart technology such as desktop computers, gaming systems, refrigerators, and other devices and appliances located inside the home. However, by following important preparations before, during, and after a power outage, you can better protect your technology from damage during a sudden outage or surge.

1. Use Surge Suppressors and Protectors

Utilizing surge protectors beforehand can help protect devices from damage during an outage. Though not recommended for refrigerators or freezers, surge protectors can protect a computer or gaming system from damage during a sudden loss of power. A whole-house surge suppressor can be installed by a local electrician that can replace the need for external protectors.

2. Turn Off and Unplug Devices

During an outage, it is important to turn off and unplug your appliances to protect them from potential damage, and to protect you as well. If any electronics or appliances are plugged in and set to "on" when the power comes back, you could face potential damage from devices such as a stove or curling iron being left unattended.

3. Check For Voltage Surges

After a power outage, check for any potential power surges or a sudden influx of electricity to your home. If surges are still happening, keep your appliances unplugged and turned off until the surges stop to protect them from potential damage.

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