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Two Models of Widely Used Surge Protectors Linked to Recent North Carolina Home Fires

SycomŽ Models Surge Protectors May Pose a Significant Fire Hazard for Homes and Businesses.

Wilmington, NC, February 08, 2019 --( The Cary Fire Department recently identified five house fires that it attributes to being caused by defective surge protectors commonly used in North Carolina homes and businesses.

In a January 8 interview with WTVD, a Raleigh-based ABC affiliate, Cary Fire Department Captain Scott Benninghoff said: "We started kind of seeing these types of fires that occurred, specifically one that had some significant damage to a home. A fire that traveled up the vinyl siding of a home, and then eventually into the attic space, and eventually into the roof."

The finding follows a statement from Underwriters Laboratories (UL), a global safety certification company, warning that the units “do not not comply with UL’s Safety Standards and are not authorized to bear the UL Mark for the United States or Canada.”

The two models in question, the Type 2 Surge Protector - Supco® Model SCM150 and Sycom Model SYC‑120/240-T2, are mainly sold by heating and air-conditioning contractors for use on the exterior of a home or commercial building and are usually located near air conditioning units that are wired to the main electrical shut-off.

Although the T-2 model of surge protector is no longer being sold by Sycom, there are still potentially thousands in use.

The consumer protection lawyers at Rhine Law Firm are investigating these cases and encourage homeowners and business owners to check their units in case they have one of the models listed.

The Rhine Law Firm is a team of experienced trial attorneys located in Wilmington, NC. They can be reached by calling 866-772-9960 or by visiting their website,

Sources: UL Statement Page:
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Joel Rhine
(910) 772-9960

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