I'm building a little microcontroller system to be powered by household current. I'm thinking it might be good to put in some kind of surge protection. I wonder whether and how such protection is built into ordinary devices such as televisions, microwave ovens, washing machines, stereos, etc.
My system only has a couple of chips (costing $3 altogether), so my other approach is to put the chips in DIP sockets. I don't know whether to assume that the discrete passive components would be safe under a surge.
How should I do this, or should I provide any protection at all?