For some, the sound of rain can be a calming experience but for most, a severe thunderstorm can be daunting. However, one important thing that applies to everyone is the issue of electrical safety, especially during a thunderstorm. Here are a few points to keep in mind the next time Mother Nature brings a bad storm to your front door.
- Turn off and unplug: Except for appliances such as your refrigerator, washer, and dryer, it’s a good idea to unplug electrical units such as televisions throughout your residence. Potential power surges during a storm can cause your appliances to receive either too much power or too little power, which can fry the internal components. Damage to the units can still take place even if they are turned off but still plugged in, so it is best to unplug them. This also applies to electronics that are plugged in through surge protectors. The surge protector usually takes the first hit leaving your electronics vulnerable.
- Use the Stairs: If you live in an apartment complex on an upper level, make sure to never use the elevator during a thunderstorm. It’s also a good idea to avoid it for a few minutes after the storm since a power surge could potentially still take place and leave you stuck inside.
- Avoid Showering: Well, only during thunderstorms, of course. Water is an excellent conductor of electricity so it’s best to avoid showers and baths.
- Don’t Use Landline Phones: Lightning can flow into your home through your phone’s wires. Use your cellphones instead but if you must use your landline, do so only in case of emergency.
Something to keep in mind: When you hear thunder, lightning’s not far behind. In fact, it’s within a 10 mile radius of you. Just another reason why electrical safety during thunderstorms is important. (Source)
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