Homeowner Electrical Safety Tips for Lightning Awareness Week

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Mr. Electric urges safety during storm season

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The U.S. is hit with about 25 million lighting strikes a year. Summer is the peak time for lighting strikes, killing almost 50 people a year and injuring hundreds more.

The U.S. is hit with about 25 million lighting strikes a year. Summer is the peak time for lighting strikes, killing almost 50 people a year and injuring hundreds more. To raise awareness for Lightning Awareness Week, which runs from June 21 thru 27, and to protect homeowners, Mr. Electric has safety tips for inside the home during lightning storms.

Benjamin Franklin attempted his famous kite experiment on June 10, 1756. He realized that buildings needed a way to prevent fires to wooden structured homes during storms with lightning. As a result of his experiment, came the lightning rod. Mr. Electric has newer inventions as well as safety tips to continue Franklin’s safety concerns for homeowners.

Indoor Lightning Safety

  • Stay off corded phones
  • Avoid handling computers and other electrical equipment that is in direct contact with electricity.
  • Appliances can cause electrical shock during thunderstorms.

Electrocution Through Conduction

Lightning has the ability to travel long distances in wires. Metal provides a path for the lightning to follow. Conduction is the most common reason for indoor lightning casualties. To prevent electrocution through conduction, homeowners should:

  • Avoid anything connected to metal wires.
  • Don’t use any type of plumbing.
  • Keep away from metal surfaces that extend outside.
  • Don’t use electrical outlets during the storm.

Whole House Surge Protection

Lightning generates electrical surges that can damage electronic equipment. Typical home surge protectors will not protect equipment from a lightning strike.
Whole house surge protectors help to prevent damage to home outlets, electronic devices and larger electronics appliances.

For more information on electrical safety visit mrelectric.com.

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