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Lightning storms are a common weather phenomenon in the summer months. Although lightning is a beautiful sight to see, it can be dangerous—so it is usually recommended that you go indoors at the first sign of lightning. While it is true that indoors is the safest place to be during a storm, it does pose its own dangers.
If you want to truly stay safe during a storm, follow these four tips:
1. Opt For Whole-House Surge Protectors
If you live in an area that is particularly stormy, investing in a whole-house surge protector can significantly improve your safety. Like a smaller surge protector, the whole-house version will automatically shut off the electricity to all devices connected to it in your home—which will be everything in your entire home.
A whole-house surge protector will also help keep your appliances from burning out or becoming damaged should lightning actually strike your home.
2. Avoid Electrical Outlets
During a storm, you should do your best to avoid all electrical outlets. Electricity and dangerous shocks can easily be transmitted to you during a storm—if you touch the outlet. For the most safety, you should unplug all appliances before the storm arrives. However, if the appliances are still plugged in during the actual storm you can unplug them if you wish.
3. Refrain from Using Corded Devices
Corded devices can be dangerous during a storm, as well. Electrical energy from the storm can build up in the device and when you touch it, it can quickly be transferred to you. Electricity can travel though power cords, corded phone lines, and other devices—so stay away during the storm.
If you need to reach someone because of an emergency, opt for a cordless phone or a cell phone.
4. Stay Away from Water
Nearly everyone knows that water and electricity are a dangerous combination. Although water might seem safe during a storm, it is best to rule it as dangerous. Electricity loves water and if a lightning strike hits your home, the water can become very dangerous.
During a storm, do your best to avoid faucets, pools, as well as bathtubs and showers. You should also avoid any appliances that are connected to your plumbing system, such as your washer or dishwasher.
A lightning storm may be a beautiful weather phenomenon, but it is a dangerous one. For your safety—and the safety of your family—be sure to follow these tips. If your home is struck by lightning, these tips could save your life.
If you experience electrical issues after the storm has passed, consult with a home electrician. It is possible your homes electrical system is damaged.