"Case files: Personal Experience "
We at Unitech were stuck by lightning in 1995, where we had our " Brand New " entire five day old 11 extension
phone system and P.A.B.X. was totally fried, it " lit up " like a xmas tree the EFTPOS and modem was cooked, our
trusty A4000 computer's serial port and modem was " fried " as well as our fax machine and several small mains
powered calculators not to mention our Canon 50 Sheets per minute Photo copier, which was fried and unable to
be repaired. They were all replaced by insurance, the inconvenience was not.
As a result of that damage then, we now have fuses and M.O.V's on all four incoming phone lines, the
best protection we can apply and during the past three years, several fuses have blow or rather
vaporised due to localised lightning strikes, thus saving our 11 extension P.A.B.X. phone system.
Replacing fuses & M.O.V.s is a lot cheaper than replacing the entire phone system.
Rules to follow: When a lightning storm approaches, remove all computers, faxes, modems from the mains, unplug
modems from the phone lines and if you can, disconnect the complete phone system from any mains supply and the
phone lines until the storm has passed.