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How to Protect Your Personal Items During an Electrical Storm

2/12/2022 (Permalink)

There is a dark overcast above a residential area with lightning striking a home.

An electrical storm is a violent atmospheric disturbance in which air is highly charged with static electricity, causing a storm.

Although an electrical storm isn't the most dangerous of disasters, it can still cause a lot of damage to homes and start fires.

Start by Protecting Your Gadgets: Unplug computers and phone lines, and unplug corded telephones and sensitive electronics to prevent damage from power surges.

Don't Wait for Flames: Call your local fire department immediately if your home gets hit. Lightning strikes can cause small fires inside walls that smolder for hours before noticing anything.

Be Safe: Lightning may strike nearby electrical and phone lines and travel to your home. Avoid contact with electrical appliances and telephones (landlines). In addition, lightning strikes can travel through metal plumbing pipes. So avoid sitting on the toilet and don't shower or bathe during electrical storms.

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