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How to protect yourself and your electrical appliances from lightning damage
A single strike of a lightning bolt has the ability to power one sixteenth of the entire world for 30 microseconds, so imagine the potential overwhelming damage it could cause if it was to hit your home.
Research carried out by the Tornado and Storm Research Organisation (TORRO) revealed that the UK is struck by lightning an astounding 300,000 times on average per year. This tends to occur after a hot and humid day, where the Earth produces thunderstorms from the forceful heat of the earth’s surface.
The Met Office has recorded that thunderstorms and lightning strikes are the most common in the East Midlands and South East.
When this wild weather hits the UK, consider the following tips on how to keep safe in the home when lighting strikes, as well as how to protect your electrical appliances against lightning damage.
– Do not take a bath or shower
The plumbing in your home is a serious risk when lightning is in the vicinity. Once lightning has struck, the powerful electrical current can travel through the metal pipes which can lead to electrocution if you are using any taps or the shower head.
– Do not use any appliances that are plugged into the wall
Any appliance that is plugged into a wall socket and turned on can be dangerous for you to use if lightning strikes your home or the power line it is connected to. Turn all appliances off until after the storm, including any corded telephones that you may have in your home.
– Avoid areas where moisture is present
Areas such as a basement floor can be classed as ‘ground current’ danger zones. Stay in dry areas and away from walls (electrical wiring in walls can allow lightning to jump through the air inside a house)
Protecting your appliances:
– Make sure your home has good earth bonding
– Install a lightning rod
If lightning was to hit your home and you have a lightning rod in place, the rod will be struck instead of the building. This can prevent a fire starting or electrocution.
– Turn off and unplug all appliances
Surge protectors and UPS units cannot provide direct strike protection. By unplugging devices as well as turning them off, you are completely disconnecting any connection and therefore saving your appliances. Stick to using cordless items.
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