A common misconception that most homeowners have, is that their appliances are protected from power surges once they are plugged into a power surge protection strip, also known as the eight outlet power strip. However, that might not be the case as stray electric charges can enter the home, via telephone and cable lines as well. Many a times, the power surge protection strips function more as extension cords, than as surge protectors, as they offer power supply but offer no protection against surges.
The best way to protect electronic home appliances, is to install a whole house surge protector. Whole house surge protection is preferred to the use of a power surge protection strip, as it protects the entire house and not just the appliances that have been plugged into the surge protection strip. Whole house surge protectors are devices that absorb voltage spikes that rise above a certain level and those that can harm electronic devices. They are also known as whole house voltage surge suppressors. The energy absorbed from the voltage spikes is sent out in different directions, through underground wires.