High Winds Will Result in Electrical Equipment Failures

High winds on April 4 knocked out power for thousands of Hamilton area businesses and homes. Alectra Utilities reported that 5,500 customers in Stoney Creek were without power. The Hamilton area remained under a wind warning with gusts approaching 90 kph expected.

Weather-related power outages are common across Canada and without proper surge protection, expensive electrical equipment can fail as a result.

The problems associated with power failures and electrical equipment are poorly understood. Transient voltages and surges can happen both when hydro is lost and when it is restored. Simply turning off equipment during a power outage is often not the answer. Many times, the resultant equipment failure happens before the power is restored.