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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).

My recommendation:
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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