A Dog’s Biggest Fear
Summer weather in the area mostly consists of sunshine, warm temperatures, and backyard barbeques. We’re getting hungry already.
Severe storms and natural disasters can cause a variety of electrical safety hazards in and around our homes. Warm, moist air in the summer is a recipe for lightning discharges.
A few serious safety concerns associated with storms:
- Downed power lines
Unfortunately, many of these electrical safety hazards remain long after the storm has passed. Because of this, we need to be sure we’re all safe during severe weather.
After all, we can’t enjoy those backyard barbeques if we’re injured.
Let’s take a look at a few ways you can protect your home and family during the next big storm.
Inside of Your Home
Surge protectors are the best way to minimize the damage a lightning strike can cause to your appliances.
Particularly, two-component devices are the most effective protectors.
One component is installed at the circuit breaker, while the other gets plugged into the outlets.
In should be noted, not only will surge protectors keep your appliances and electronics safe, but they can also help save money. You’ll avoid costly repairs and potential replacements.
Lightning-Proof Your Roof
Yes, we can make it rhyme… anytime.
Another consideration is to install a lightning-proof device on the roof of your home.
A building or home being struck in a lightning storm is a small percentage, but it does occur. When it happens, it can cause fires or other serious damage.
These devices re-direct lightning bolts to the ground beside your home. Think of this as a defense system for your home.
It’s also recommended to unplug your electronics and appliances during an electrical storm to prevent damage.
Stay Off the Phone
While it’s important to take care of your electronics and appliances during a storm, keeping your family safe is still the top priority.
One way to do this is by staying away from corded telephones, as you can get struck by lightning through the cord.
Use corded telephones only for emergencies. Use cordless or your cellphones instead. You’ll just have to pause your game of sudoku or stop scrolling through Pinterest.
And Out of the Shower
Electrical current from a lightning strike can run through pipes and plumbing, so avoid taking a shower or a bath during a storm.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t clear drains.
It is also important to note that sinks and faucets can also conduct electricity. Taking these precautions may require an adjustment, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Answers to Your Safety Questions
“What should I do if I encounter a downed power line?”
If you see a downed power line, move away from the line and anything touching it. No less than 10 feet. The human body is a conductor of electricity.
The proper way to move away from the line is to shuffle. Make small steps, keeping your feet together and on the ground at all times. This will minimize the potential for a powerful electric shock.
“What can I do to help someone who has come in contact with a downed power line?”
If you see someone who is in direct or indirect contact with the downed line, call 911 immediately. Do not touch the person who is in contact with the downed line. You could be the next victim.
“What should I do if I see a downed power line in the street while I’m driving?”
Call your electric utility company or 911 to report the downed power line and stay away. Don’t drive over downed power lines.
“My home wasn’t flooded, but some appliances have gotten wet. Do the same safety rules apply to my situation?”
Yes, they apply and safety rules should always apply.
Do not use wet appliances or electronics until they’ve been examined by a qualified service repair professional.
Water causes damage to motors such as your all-important appliances – furnaces, freezers, refrigerators, washing machines, and dryers.
“Where can I find more about what to do with water-damaged electrical equipment?”
The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has produced a brochure. The brochure advises on the safe handling of electrical equipment that has been exposed to water.
You can download the NEMA brochure here.
Safety is Number One
At Dream Team, safety is our number one priority.
Severe storms can cause a variety of electrical safety hazards in and around our homes. Taking these preventative measures can help keep you and your family safe. Some seem obvious, but they’re important to always remember. Just like stop, drop, and roll.
If you experience any electrical problems after a powerful storm, contact our electricians. They’ll conduct a professional, detailed inspection of your home and provide the necessary repairs.
Schedule your service here or call our office at (610)609-7771.