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Hidden Hazards in Every Living Space

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Designing Spaces’ Laura LaNata gets together with Steve Sykes, Director of Power Marketing at Schneider Electric at a home in Nashville, Tennessee to see how we can protect our electrical devices and appliances from hidden electrical dangers. According to The Electrical Safety Foundation International, home electrical issues cause 53,000 fires and $1.4 billion in damage each year. Steve takes Laura through a home equipped with the latest technology to show how homeowners could upgrade their existing electrical system with the latest surge protection technology.

Electric Surge

Electric Surge Most of us are not aware of the electrical dangers in our homes. They are real, can be dangerous – but also can be prevented.

According to The Electrical Safety Foundation International, “Each year, home electrical problems account for an estimated 53,600 fires. These fires cause more than 500 deaths, 1,400 injuries and $1.4 billion in property damage.”

Do you think that…..

• Only old homes have electrical fire hazards?

• Your smoke alarm will protect your home from fire?

• Lightening is the cause of most electrical surges?

These are all common misconceptions. While surges can happen thanks to mother nature, there are also home-based actions that will produce surges. Imagine an air conditioner starting and you see the lights dim. That’s because of a large motor starting, which puts surges on the line. There are appliances that can actually place surges on the line, such as starting a blender, disposal or hair dryer.

Electronics operate within a window of voltage, and when you go above or below that, you can damage the electronic device, leading to a decreased life of that device.

Schneider Electric wants to help protect people and their homes from electrical dangers.

• Schneider Electric products, such as AFCI breakers and Surge Protection Devices, help you make the most of your energy while helping protect your home.

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Schneider Electric Talks Electrical Hidden Hazards on “Designing Spaces” on Lifetime TV

Schneider Electric talks to viewers about the importance of electrical safety and surge protection in their homes

(Pompano Beach, FL – October 3, 2012) Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management, will be featured in a “Protecting Your Home and Family: Hidden Hazards in Every Living Space” segment airing on Thursday, October 4th at 7 am (ET/PT) on the popular home improvement show “Designing Spaces” on Lifetime Television.

Special guest Steve Sykes, Director of Power Marketing will educate viewers on the importance of electrical safety in the home, what to look for to identity electrical dangers, and how homeowners can protect their electrical devices and appliances from hidden electrical dangers that can pose hazards including fire.

Schneider Electric offers innovative products that promote energy efficiency gains with new technology such as the Square D® combination Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter (AFCIs) and the APC SurgeArrest,® which help empower people to live a greener and more energy efficient lifestyle.

“Schneider Electric has given us some great information and cleared up big myths regarding electrical safety in the home. Our viewers can implement this information right away and start protecting their homes from hidden electrical hazards,” says Lysa Liemer, “Designing Spaces” on Lifetime Executive VP of Programming and Chief Operating Officer.

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About Designing Spaces on Lifetime Television
Designing Spaces, now in its 8th season, is the premier home improvement television show airing on the Lifetime network Thursdays and Fridays at 7:30am (ET/PT). The show inspires viewers on decorating ideas, do-it-yourself projects, and step by step home improvements to make every space count and to provide solutions to enjoy the space you live in. The “Family of Spaces” television shows include Think Green, Kids Spaces, and Designing Spaces of Hope which all provide great entertainment and solution driven programming for every member for the family.
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About Schneider Electric
As a global specialist in energy management with operations in more than 100 countries, Schneider Electric offers integrated solutions across multiple market segments, including leadership positions in Utilities & Infrastructures, Industries & Machine Manufacturers, Non-residential Buildings, Data Centers & Networks and Residential. Focused on making energy safe, reliable, efficient, productive and green, the company’s 130,000 plus employees achieved sales of about 31 billion US dollars (22.4 billion euros) in 2011, through an active commitment to help individuals and organizations make the most of their energy.

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