If severe weather is approaching your area, it may be a good idea to unplug your television, laptop or other electronic devices in your home. In some cases, lightning can damage them even if it doesn't strike anywhere close to your property. Let's take a closer look at some of the other reasons why it may be best to avoid using these items during an electrical storm.
You're at a Higher Risk of Being Electrocuted
A single bolt of lightning can create up to 15 million volts of electricity. If lightning strikes near a power line, that energy can travel through that line, into your home and along any wires that are connected to an outlet.
In the event that any part of your body is touching or close to a wire or cord that has extra voltage pulsating through it, you could suffer serious injuries. Although the danger is highly unlikely, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Bottom line: go “cordless” with your electronics during thunderstorms.
There Is a Greater Chance of a Household Electrical Fire
While also unlikely, there is a chance that lightning will directly strike your home. If this happens, the amount of heat that is created may result in an electrical fire. The odds of a fire may increase if your home has frayed wires or is improperly wired. However, a direct strike could also cause drywall, insulation or other surfaces to combust regardless of how well a home is put together.
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What You Should Know About Power Surges
The wires that provide electricity to devices like your computer, toaster, and washing machine are not designed to handle a significant amount of excess current. Therefore, a sudden electrical spike during a thunderstorm may cause significant damage to any items that are plugged into an outlet.
It may be possible to protect household devices by installing a whole-home surge protector. This type of device works by directing any excess current into the ground where it is less likely to cause any damage.
If you need any help keeping your home safe from electrical failures, give the folks at My Electric Works a call today: (614) 515-4520. Our friendly experts will be happy to work with you to create a safety plan that meets your needs and budget.