5 tips to protect electronics before extremely cold weather

With cold weather even freezing temperatures on the way to Greater Houston, electronics specialists are reminding the public to prepare for the possibility of power outages and electrical surges.

With many working from home, these steps can save some big-time money and headaches.

1. Invest in good surge protector power strips 

One electronic recommend buying a surge protector for appliances to protect from being damaged in the event of an electrical surge. Falling ice and falling branches could fall on power lines making this hazard possible, especially in cold temperatures. 

“Things can stop working instantaneously. Surge protection power strips are your standard home surge protection here... You can put them in and around your house. They each have joule ratings--the larger your joule rating, the larger of a surge that it can take,” said Michael Smith, a specialist with Altex Computers & Electronics in Jersey Village.

You also might want to replace them every three to five years, according to Best Buy electronics specialist Angelica Fonseca.

”Over time in Houston as your surge protector protects your appliances blast, after the blast, it eventually gets tired,” said. “If your power strip is older than three years, I would start thinking about replacing it promptly.”

2. Invest in a back-up battery