The State Office of Risk Management identified that a few state agencies may be using defective or potentially dangerous surge protectors around the office. Specifically, be on the look out for Schneider Electric’s APC 7 and 8 series SurgeArrest surge protectors manufactured before 2003. The company recalled about 15 million units in 2013, but many offices and individuals still be using them to power their electronics. So far, there have been around 700 reports of the surge protectors overheating and melting, along with more than 50 property claims stemming from smoke and fire damage as a direct result of these faulty power strips. Also, there have been several reports of injuries, including smoke inhalation and contact burns from touching the overheated surge protectors.
To find out if you are using the recalled style of power strip, check the model and serial numbers located on a label on the bottom of the surge protector. The two numbers that follow the first letter or letters in the serial number sequence indicate the year of manufacture. The unit is included in the recall if the numbers are 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 00, 01 or 02. APC and the words Personal, Professional, Performance or Network are printed on the surge protectors. The following model numbers are included in this recall.
If your office is using any of these these recalled surge protectors, immediately unplug them and have your office manager contact Schneider Electric for a free replacement surge protector. Schneider Electric IT Corp. can be reached toll-free at (888) 437-4007 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or online at http://recall.apc.com, or www.apc.com and click on the Recall link to submit a claim and obtain more information. For more information on these recalled surge protectors, visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s website.