Risks of lightning

With thunderstorms comes the risks of lightning, damage, injuries and loss of life in the worst cases. Thunderstorm safety requires understanding the risks of lightning, especially since we often compare unlikely or unlikely events (like winning the lottery) with being struck by lightning. Thunderstorms do strike. Lightning is a serious threat during severe thunderstorms. Thunderstorms are powerful enough to strike trees, bodies of water, vehicles, and buildings. Electrical power outages, damage to structures, and even serious injuries can be caused by lightning.

To minimize the risk of lightning induced injury or property damage from a severe thunderstorm, you can start preparing long before a storm hits. A weather alert system, app or radio is the most crucial tool. If you own an alert system, it will inform you when a storm is approaching, and it will continue to provide information on the storm’s threat, which may include dangerous lightning strikes. When power is out, a cellphone or a model with battery backup will be the most reliable. Lightning protection is available for electronics. A cheap surge protector will not protect your devices from electrical surges caused by lightning.

You must seek shelter when severe weather is accompanied by lightning. The best protection is found in reinforced, sturdy buildings such as homes and businesses. Any shelter, however, is better than no shelter at all during an emergency. The risks of lightning include being struck by lightning is a scary reality but can be greatly reduced when you move to a sheltered area.

Take cover in a vehicle if you are outside and can’t find shelter indoors. In the event of a lightning strike, the car’s metal structure will reroute it. You may reduce your risk of getting struck by lightning if you’re too far from a vehicle or shelter. If you plan on sheltering in trees, tall objects, or metal structures (such as fences), you should avoid using those. Where possible, seek low ground with a natural shelter, such as a valley or ravine, when you are in an open area.

You or your family can be seriously injured by lightning anywhere, even in your own home. If a severe storm is coming your way, keep away from windows and doors, as they can also be vulnerable to high winds. Taking a shower or washing your clothes can conduct electricity since water and metal conduct electricity. Corded phones should be avoided; mobile phones and cordless landlines should be used instead. Concrete floors and walls can also pose a risk, so make sure to stay away from areas with these features.

In the event of severe weather, understanding the risks of lightning can play a crucial role in keeping you and your loved ones safe. Prepare for severe weather by having a weather alert radio with a battery back-up nearby in case the power goes out due to lightning.

Understanding the risks of lightning can help you avoid damages to your property and electronics and most importantly keep you and your loved ones safe. Contact us for proper lightning protection solutions.

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