Lightning Safety for Your Home

Storm season is almost upon us again and that means the lightning will be flashing and the thunder will be crashing. You may consider that some things are common sense in an electrical storm but today I will cover a few things you can do to protect yourself and your home. Whether it is powering down your home or just keeping an eye on a few easy safety tips, it’s always good to be prepared.

Let’s start with the home. It is important to know that when the lightning is striking near your home there is a very good chance it can fry any electronics plugged into your home circuit. To that end remember that you must turn it off to protect yourself. You can take cautionary measures by making sure all of the outlets in your home are grounded and that you are running your electronics on surge protectors or battery backups but keep in mind that none of these tools are 100% effective. The only sure way to protect your electronics is to power them down. A storm is a great time to catch up on your reading.

It is also important to be aware of your own safety in an electrical storm. Never operate electronics outdoors when a storm starts to occur. Even if the lightning has not begun yet, your chances of getting struck with a charge are greatly increased when you are toting around a large electronic device. Be sure to not use a chorded phone during a storm, as currents can travel easily along a phone line and give you quite a powerful shock. Cellular devices are safe to operate, but only indoors. So when the weather picks up, keep yourself safety.

Del-Air Electrical installs whole-home surge protectors. Give us a call today for more information.

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