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How to be Safe During a Thunderstorm

If you are a homeowner or a renter, everyone should know how to be safe during a thunderstorm. Here are 3 ways to be safe during a thunderstorm:

How to be safe during a thunderstorm
By: Gareth Kelly – Expert Electrician, Owner of Kelly Electric Company, Co-owner of Dream Team Home Services

Thunderstorm Safety Tip #1: Surge Protectors

Surge protectors are the best way to minimize the damage that a lightning strike can cause to your appliances. Particularly, two-component devices are the most effective protectors. One component will be installed at the circuit breaker, while the others get plugged into outlets near appliances or electronics like televisions. Not only will these surge protectors keep your appliances safe, they can also help save money be preventing replacements or repairs.

Thunderstorm Safety Tip #2: Lightning-Proof Your Roof

Another consideration is to install a lightning-proof device on your roof. These can direct lightning bolts to the ground beside your home rather than directly through its internal wiring, which can ruin your electronics and appliances. It’s also recommended to unplug your electronics and appliances during an electrical storm to prevent damage or injury.

Thunderstorm Safety Tip #3: Be careful around household appliances and faucets

While it’s important to take care of your electronics and appliances during a storm, keeping your family safe is the top priority. One way to do this is by staying away from telephones, as you can get struck by lightning through the cord. Additionally, an electrical current from a lightning strike can run through pipes and plumbing, so avoid taking a shower or a bath during a storm. 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!

At Kelly Electric, your safety is our number one priority. Taking these preventative measures can help keep you and your family safe during a lightning storm. If you experience any electrical problems after a powerful storm, contact us immediately via our website or give us a call at 484-454-5494!

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How to be safe during a thunderstorm
Gareth Kelly

About The Author:

Gareth Kelly, co-owner of Dream Team, has been serving Delaware Valley homeowners for over 20 years with expert electrician services. He came from Ireland to the United States in 2000 and started his own business in 2001, Kelly Electric Co Inc. His expertise in the field grew and strengthened his connection and local commitment to the community. In 2018, Gareth partnered with one of his best friends to create Dream Team Home Services, Inc. Dream Team is about being the ultimate home services team for any homeowner with a reputation for trusted service.