If there were the risk of a fire, the monitor would be monumentally badly designed. That would mean any time there was a power outage, the monitor would be at risk of catching on fire. UL would never pass such a defective product. But damaging the unit is what I am concerned about. Absent any word from HP, I will likely keep using the power switch.
Sorry if I did not make myself clearer. Any electrical or electronic device is unfortunately at the perils of power surges. This is why they have designed surge protectors. I learned the hard way that it does not take much of a surge to destroy electronics.
Again I am sorry and I should have been more detailed in my answer.