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Anytime you plan to leave the house or don't know what the weather will be, and you don't need your computer equipment or other expensive electronics, always, always, always unplug the phone line, the power cord from the wall, move the phone line away from the computer (if the contacts are near the metal case of the computer the voltage could theoretically jump from the line (millions of volts from a direct lightning hit) to the computer and potentially fry it anyhow.

Think about it, if the lightning can jump up to or farther than 60 miles through the sky it could certainly jump the 1/4" to 1/2" on the surge suppresor where the switch is and any fuses in it is. So the bottom line is unplug it when not in use. /wwwthreads_images/icons/crazy.gif

Just my $0.02...

Tim "Sandman"

ORC Land Use columnist:
My May Column
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