When you hear that first clap of thunder, take note! Lightning is a powerful force and could cause serious damage to your home.
Check these three quick tips to make sure you’re covered during that next thunderstorm.
Check Your Surge Protectors
First you need to own surge protectors and have your electronics being powered through them. This will help protect your outlets from far-away lightning strikes or lightning that hits main power grids. We recommend a surge protector like this one from Amazon to handle swells or spikes in voltage.
Unplug Your Appliances
Even if you have a surge protector, lighting that is in close proximity can be strong enough to “jump” or go through this protector. For this reason it’s a good idea to unplug any electronics to keep them from getting fried. This is the safest way to protect your major appliances like stereos, televisions and desktop computers.
Keep the Water Off
Electricity follows wiring and metal pipes in your home, and water conducts electricity. This means you are actually at risk of getting electrocuted if you’re using your home’s water during a lightning storm. If you can, wait until the storm passes before washing the dishes, washing your hands or taking a shower.