Several weeks ago, homes in Mission BC suffered a high voltage power surge, resulting in damaged appliances. The cause is unclear, but the bottom line is that many electrical devices that were plugged in at the time of the power surge are now no longer useable.
When I read the list of items lost (in the article linked above), I can't help but think that typically not all would be used simultaneously. I suppose if you had a busy family and everyone was home at once that might be the case, but more than likely many of these electrical devices (such as a microwave, for example) weren't in use at the time of the surge, but were plugged in.
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