Lightning is static electricity that can strike your home or business, damage your appliances and put your family or employees at risk. Here are three ways you can reduce the risk of injury and keep safe during an electrical storm.

1. Install a Surge Protector on Your Switchboard

A power surge occurs when a rapid increase in voltage passes through the electricity grid into your home or office space. When lightning strikes it creates a large static electrical field that can causes a power surge in milliseconds! The extra voltage that passes through your electrical system can cause damage to connected appliances, and damaged electrical appliances can become hazardous or rendered permanently inoperable. Installing a surge protector for your entire home will help protect all your electrical equipment from the effects of power surges.

2. Unplug Appliances

Lightning bolts seek the fastest and easiest path to the ground. The electric cables that run up and down many streets provide a low-resistance path for lightning, and these cables run right into your home.

If there are severe weather warnings for your area, it’s safest to unplug all electrical appliances before the storm begins. This includes TVs and computers. Do not unplug electrical appliances during a storm, as any contact with a power outlet can be dangerous. If you didn’t unplug appliances, refrain from using them if you can.

This applies to corded landline phones, too. In fact, the most common injury suffered during an electrical storm occurs when using a corded phone. If you need to make a call, use your mobile.

3. Keep Away From Water

We all know that water and electricity don’t mix well. Not only is water an excellent electrical conductor, but also lightning tends to use your plumbing system as a path to the ground.

Keep out of the shower, bath and swimming pool, and avoid turning on taps if possible. Also avoid using any appliances that connect to your plumbing system, such as washing machines and dishwashers.

If you’d like us to install a surge protector onto your switchboard to keep your family safe during electrical storms, don’t hesitate to give us a call on 1300 880 761 or book an appointment online.

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