As the rainy season slowly creeps up on us, we would begin to notice the usual flurry of lightning and thunderstorms that usually accompanies the heavy downpour.
These lightning strikes pose a real danger to all electricity consumers as all your electrical are appliances are potentially at risk of potential damage from a lightning strike.
As our world becomes more and more tech-savvy, the losses from lightning strikes are increasing. Sensitive home electronics are often susceptible to damage by lightning, as a single bolt of lightning can cause electrical surges capable of damaging or destroying vulnerable electric equipment.
Also, most people forget that there is a real danger of being struck by lightning and that this potential hazard might not be as uncommon as it sounds. Every year hundreds of people get struck by lightning and that number is sadly on the rise.
Luckily, there are steps you can take to prepare your home and protect yourself and your electronics from this unpredictable, yet common hazard.”
The first and most important step to securing your home is by subscribing to a lightning protection system (i.e Earthing). As stated in in our previous article on safety tips during the rainy season, Earthing or Grounding the best way to dissipate the dangerous electrical discharge by providing a low-resistance path to safely intercept lightning’s dangerous electricity and direct it to ground without impact to the structure or its occupants.
Another set of safety precautions applies to when you are caught in a thunderstorm while outdoor. In this case, you are advised to avoid standing on higher platforms and instead seek safe shelter.
If you can hear the thunder, then you are within striking distance of lightning and should find a safe shelter. Anyone engaged in outdoor work or activities should stop as soon as he or she hears the first rumble of thunder and move to a safe location. Do not come back outside and resume activities until 30 minutes after hearing the last roll of thunder.
When seeking for shelter, make sure your safe haven is a Fully enclosed building with a roof and walls. Avoid seeking haven in picnic shelters, pavilions, tents (any kind), dugouts, carports or open garages; convertibles, bicycles, motorcycles, golf carts, boats without cabins.
If you are outdoor and you suspect you are in serious danger of lightning strike and cannot find a shelter close by, you could Squat low to the ground. Do the “lightning position” by kneeling or crouching with your hands on your knees—never lie flat on the ground. If you feel your hair stand on end, drop to your knees, bend forward, and put your hands on your knees.
While you are inside, stay away from windows and doors If you can, you should also try avoiding items that conduct electricity, including corded telephones and computers.
Also, going for a swim is a terrible idea during a storm as water is a good conductor of electricity or in this case lightning. it is generally advised that you avoid wet surfaces during the event of a lightning storm.
Quick Recap of all our safety tips
- Make sure your house is grounded.
- Seek Proper shelter during a storm.
- Avoid tall buildings.
- Don’t take unnecessary walks during a thunder or lightning storm.
- Avoid taking a swim.
- If you an absolute danger of a lightning strike DO NOT lie flat on the floor instead do the “lightning position” by kneeling or crouching with your hands on your knees.
In the coming days, we will be discussing some frequently asked questions about lightning while also giving some very insightful answers.