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SURGE PROTECTOR FIRE

Surge Pro Fire 5 Jan 2003.

An employee arrived at the Greensport Yard in Houston this morning to find the field office full of smoke. Investigation led him to a melted down surge protector (see photos - click to enlarge).

An office by office search revealed another surge protector, of the same brand and model as above, that was starting to melt down (see attached photos)

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The manufacturer was contacted to see if similar incidents have occurred with this product. They stated that the surge protector had absorbed all of the energy it was capable of absorbing and melted down as a result. The surge protectors involved were not on a recall list.

See recommendations for 

Surge Protector use
 
Electrical and Surge units 
 

Product Recall - CPSC database search

Similar web references 

Fire Hazards of Surge Surpressors, Ronald Standler
 
Univ. of Washington
 
State Department - Surge Unit Problems 
 
Hanford - Lessons learned

 

 

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