Tips for Thunderstorm Safety at Any Location | SERVPRO® of Thomaston, Forsyth & Fort Valley
With summer, rising temperatures and high humidity, severe weather might be the last thing on your mind—but because it thrives in these types of conditions, it is important to understand that it is always a possibility. Summer storms tend to pop up suddenly, and while they appear to be over quickly, they can still pose major risks.
When a storm catches you off-guard, remembering a few key safety tips can protect you tremendously from risks.
A Few Key Safety Tips for Sudden Summer Storms
Know your options for shelter. In the best-case scenario, you will become aware of inclement weather while you are somewhere safe that you can stay until the storm passes, but of course, life does not always work out that way. If you get caught off-guard, sheltering in your vehicle is actually quite safe when you follow the proper guidelines.
Practice electrical safety. Lightning is an extremely dangerous component of thunderstorms, especially when they strike a building. As lightning travels through the wiring of a home, it can send a power surge to all the electronics actively plugged in which can ruin them. If you have the time, unplugging everything in your vicinity is a good safety precaution, and a good long-term strategy includes installing inexpensive surge protectors throughout the home.
Avoid direct contact with concrete. While concrete is a strong material, it can pose a risk if there is electricity in the air. Lightning often strikes concrete buildings because they are built with metal reinforcements, which can channel the electricity out into the concrete and anything it is touching. While concrete buildings can be safe, you should avoid making direct contact with walls and floors if lightning is possible.
Stay indoors for at least 30 minutes. When a storm interrupts your fun, getting back outside is top priority—but doing so too quickly can still put you in danger. Lightning has been documented 25 miles from storm clouds, so it is recommended that you wait at least a half hour after you can no longer hear thunder to head back out.
If your home sustains damage due to a storm, you can count on us to help. Contact us at any hour to learn more about our storm restoration process.