During a thunderstorm, the safest place to from lightning is indoors. However, even indoors, there are safety precautions to observe to stay safe in your home. Lightning most commonly enters the home through a direct strike, via wiring wires and pipes, and through the ground. When lightning enters the home, damage is likely to appliances and the home’s electrical system. It is advisable to have an electrician inspect the wiring when lightning affects your home. Mister Sparky licensed electricians can provide the professional inspection and electrical repair service in Huntsville, AL that you need.
Meteorologists recommend using “The 30-30 Rule.” If you see lightning and hear thunder within 30 seconds, move indoors and take the necessary precautions. According to meteorologists, this means a storm is less than 6 miles away, placing those outdoors at risk of being struck by lightning. In addition, the recommend you stay indoors for a minimum of 30 minutes after the last thunder is heard when the storm is over.
Use the following tips to stay safe during a thunderstorm:
- Surge protection is the best available means of protecting your home, its electrical system and appliances. Lightning can burn out your appliances in a second, but having whole house surge protection network will help to protect your appliances from lightning burnout.
- However, unplugging appliances and electronics remains the best method. A Mister Sparky electrician can provide surge protection installation and electrical repair service in Huntsville, AL for you.
- All family members young and old should know to stay away from windows and doors during lightning. Windows and doors will not stop a direct hit from lightning.
- When a thunderstorm occurs, do not touch any appliance, switch or outlet. If lightning enters your home’s electrical system, you can receive a shock. Unplugging electrical appliances when possible before a storm is the ideal solution for preventing damage. Use only battery powered appliances during a storm. During a thunderstorm, use only a cell phone or cordless phone. Use of corded phones is a frequent cause of injury during a thunderstorm.
- These rules also apply for water and plumbing. Stay away from faucets, tubs, showers, pools, and any appliances connected to the plumbing, such as washing machines, water softeners, water filtration devices and others.
Modern homes have a large number of electronics, and a whole house surge protection network is essential for providing them protection.
Lightning seeks the path of least resistance, such as a tall tree, a high rise building, electrical, cable lines, gutters, downspouts, metal frame windows, gas pipes and other conductive materials. Once lightning enters the electrical system, it will burns out appliances, sensitive electronics and potentially the home’s wiring.
One of the dangers from a direct lightning hit to your home is fire. Any flammable building material can ignite as lightning contacts it, or passes through it. It is common for lightning to start fires in the attic or on the roof as it passes through it and into a conductive path, such as pipes or wiring in the attic. Wiring is typically burned up due to lightning. Even when lightning follows the path through your home’s electrical system and into the electrical ground, damage may occur to the wiring. If your home has been affected by lightning, either by a direct strike or an electrical surge, contact our electricians to receive an inspection and electrical repair service in Huntsville, AL.
When lightning causes a fire, it can smolder inside your attic or walls without your being aware of it. When your home is struck, call 911 for the fire department.
Signs of damage to the electrical system are seldom visible after a lightning strike. While other causes such as age and wear can contribute to the following issues, when you have the following problems after a lightning strike or surge related to a storm; contact Mister Sparky licensed electricians for electrical repair service in Huntsville, AL:
- Problems with circuit breakers may occur when none existed before. Contact an electrician in Huntsville, AL for an inspection after a lightning event, do so now. In addition, if visible damage is present to breakers such as melted plastic, don’t delay an electrician to your home.
- An electric shock occurring when you touch an appliance indicates damage. Call for electrical repair service in Huntsville, AL right away.
- Trouble with lighting, such as flickering or not operating at all, after checking the breaker and changing the light bulbs, may indicate damage. Any time damage is present to your home’s wiring, the danger of a fire is possible. Shut off the circuit breaker serving the affected light fixture and/or outlets until an electrician can provide electrical repair service in Huntsville, AL.
- Outlets that do not function, show signs of melting or scorch marks indicate trouble. Contact our electricians for electrical repair service in Huntsville, AL.
- A burning odor and sparks indicates trouble with switches as well as outlets. If you detect the smell of burning wire, contact Mister Sparky right away for electrical repair service in Huntsville, AL.
- In addition, turn off the circuit breaker affecting the lights, switches and outlets in the affected room or area.
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