Storm Safety 101

Here at Hiller Electric, electrical safety is one of our biggest concerns, which is why we always take the time to ensure that our customers know the ins and outs of safe electrical use.

It’s springtime and that means thunderstorm season! Rain, thunder, and of course, lightning. As such, it is important that you know what to expect in a thunderstorms in order to avoid the dangers of lightning strikes, which is why we’ve put together some tips on how to keep your family and home safe during the storm season. Take a look below:

  • Unplug appliances and electrical devices. If you know a storm is approaching your area, try your best to go around the house and unplug your appliances and electrical devices. When lightning strikes a home, it can cause a surge in your homes wiring, which in turn can burn out any items that are plugged in. Unplugging your electrical devices like your TVs and computers, as well as your expensive appliances, will help to prevent any damage to them should lightning strike your home and cause a shortage.
  • Avoid using corded devices. If you don’t have time to unplug everything before the storm approaches then avoid using electrical devices unless in an emergency. This is especially true of corded devices, which have direct contact with your electrical system. Laptops and cordless phones are your safest bet if you need to get in contact with anyone during a storm.
  • Stay away from walls with a lot of electrical wiring. When lightning strikes, the electrical current will try its best to find the most conductive grounding path possible. As such, there is a possibility that the current will jump from one conductor to another (i.e. electrical wiring to a water pipe). Avoid areas that have a lot of wiring in order to not get caught in the middle of the process.
  • Avoid water pipes and faucets. You’ve probably heard this plenty of times, but it is not a myth: taking a bath or shower during a thunderstorm can be very dangerous and should be avoided.
  • After-storm safety. Once the storm has passed, it is always good to assess your surroundings to prevent any future damage from taking place. If you notice that any of your outlets have black markings around them or smell burning plastic or smoke, this could be a sign of a smoldering wire due to electrical damage and should be addressed as soon as possible.

Also, any wires outside of your house that may have been damage during the storm should be avoided at all cost as they could (and most certainly) still have an electric current running through them. If you see this, please contact your local electric utility company as soon as possible.

If you have any questions about the info above, feel free to contact us –call us today at (402) 339-0524. Hiller Electric can also help you with your installation needs—no job is too big or too small, we guarantee quality service every time!

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