Preparing your home for electrical storms is an innovative and important step to ensure your family's and your property's safety. Here are some tips to help you get started:
- Install Surge Protectors: Invest in surge protectors for your electronic devices, appliances, and electrical systems. These devices help prevent damage from power surges during lightning strikes.
- Secure Outdoor Items: Secure or bring indoors any outdoor items that could become airborne during a storm, such as patio furniture, umbrellas, and garden tools. This will prevent them from causing damage if strong winds accompany the storm.
- Call a professional and licensed tree trimmer to trim trees and branches: Have them trim any trees or branches close to power lines or your home. This will reduce the risk of falling branches causing electrical hazards or damaging your property during a storm.
- Check Roof and Gutters: Ensure your roof is in good condition to withstand heavy rain and wind. Call a roofing contractor to repair any loose shingles or leaks. Clean your gutters and downspouts to prevent water damage.
- Unplug Sensitive Electronics: Unplug sensitive electronics like computers, TVs, and gaming consoles during a storm. This will protect them from power surges caused by lightning strikes or electrical fluctuations.
- Have Emergency Supplies: Keep a well-stocked emergency kit with essential supplies such as flashlights, batteries, a portable radio, non-perishable food, water, and a first aid kit. This will help you stay prepared in case of power outages or other emergencies.
- Create a Family Emergency Plan: Develop a family emergency plan that includes a safe location within your home away from windows and electrical equipment. Discuss the plan with your family so everyone knows what to do during a storm.
- Backup Power Source: Consider investing in a backup power source, such as a generator or uninterruptible power supply (UPS), to keep essential appliances and medical devices running during a power outage. Make sure you follow all safety guidelines when operating these devices.
Remember, safety should always be your top priority during electrical storms. If a storm is particularly severe, it's best to stay indoors, away from windows, and avoid using electrical appliances until the storm has passed.
To conclude, prioritizing your safety, it is crucial to only contact qualified, licensed, and insured contractors for any necessary work. Take care and stay safe. If you have any questions, please call us today at 352-350-7878.