Most people don't realize the potential risks that electrical storms are likely to pose to them and to their homes. An electrical storm is basically rain and windy conditions that are escalated by lightning and tend to interfere with outdoor power lines.
These storms are likely to strike without notice, and they can catch us off guard while on the beach, at the park or even going to work. It is therefore important to know how to respond to these emergencies, whether outdoors or at home, so you can be prepared to remain safe.
An after-hours electrical contractor is available on short notice to respond to any electrical emergencies in the home that are caused by electrical storms.
An electrical storm while indoors
If an electrical storm catches you while indoors, it doesn't automatically mean that you're safe. There is the risk of fire erupting when lighting strikes various structures on the outside of the home (such as roofs and outdoor wiring/pipes).
An after-hours electrician can examine the structure of your home and ensure that all the materials on the outside surface do not increase the risk of lighting striking your home. They can also fix loose wiring, exposed grids and power surges that can lead to electrical fires.
There are simple steps that you can take to further protect yourself during an electrical storm. First, avoid bathing during an active storm, as exposure to water can increase the risk of a shock. In addition, unplug electric devices, especially your most valuable ones such as TVs, computers and home theatre systems.
If you notice any damages to these appliances after the storm, an after-hours electrician is available on short notice to fix your critical appliances and return your home to full functionality.
An electrical storm while outdoors
When an electrical storm arises when outside the home, it is important to try to avoid any potential strikes by lightning. Many people think that seeking shelter under a tree or near a building is the safest course of action.
However, these structures could contain materials that conduct electricity and lead the lightning strike directly towards you. It is better to look for a place indoors to seek shelter, or to get inside a car. The key is to surround yourself with items that are poor conductors of electricity.
Other ways to stay safe while outdoors include moving to lower ground if you're on a hill or other elevated area, staying away from water bodies and other wet conditions, and removing any items on your person that are made of metal.