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Safety tip - Power bars
contributed by Bradley Saint John of Meadow's Edge Farrier Service & Metal Products
of Abbotsford, British Columbia.
Did you know that your nine dollar Power Bar has the potential to start a fire
in your home or office?
Inexpensive power bars have a surge breaker that is bi-metal and work nicely for
circuit overload protection (using too much power). When the one metal heats to a
critical temperature faster than the other metal it causes the bi-metal to arc,
breaking the circuit.
The problem is however, with a low wattage draw over a period of time,
both metals heat slowly and uniformly not arcing one metal to break contact.
This will result in the inexpensive power bar to be self-igniting, causing a fire.
"Inexpensive power bars... self igniting... this is a common cause
of house fires..."
(from the Fire Marshal's inspection report on my boat fire).
Throw away your inexpensive power bar or try and return it
and spend at least forty dollars on a proper surge protector. Plastic body is okay -
metal body is even better.
As I had no insurance, I lost a lot! If I had of only known...
Bradley Saint John
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