Do you know what to do?
We all know the dangers of lightning in our Florida summers, but do you know what to do when bad weather is coming?
When warm weather arrives, most of us are subjected to interesting weather patterns and storms. Some of those can include dangerous lightning storms.
While lightning storms can occur at any time, it is more common in warm, muggy, turbulent months, also known as summer. In the United States, some estimates indicate that there are more than 30 million lightning strikes that reach the ground. These can cause property damage, injuries, and even death for those in the path of a bolt of lightning.
The first consideration for lightning storm activity is safety. Anything outside a building is subject to a lightning strike. Remember, lightning is naturally seeking a path to the ground, and if you are out in the open, you might end up being that path. Some feel that cowering under a tree or similar “protection” is going to help. Lightning is not always predictable. You may be hugging a tree and the tree is the path the lightning chooses to get to the ground. That means you are in danger.
It’s always best to get inside. Seek shelter in a building that can protect you. Most of the time, it’s your own home. If you are unable to get into a sheltered area, crouch as low to the ground as possible with the least amount of your body touching the ground. Besides the possibility of lightning striking you, other dangers, such as wind, rain, and flooding, can be dangerous to you as well, so take precautions and know what to do in an emergency situation, if you get stuck outside.
While inside during a lightning storm, avoid contact with items that can conduct electricity: Pipes, cords, electronics such as televisions and computers, items that you use every day but should avoid when there is a chance of lightning striking your home.
After the storm, it’s time to inspect and test what might have been affected. You may have electronic devices that have suffered from the burst of electricity common to lightning storms. You also may have damage to property from the high winds the storm might have generated. There could be flooding in your basement or other areas of the home. Remember, even a well-built home can have water intrude, especially if it is driven by high winds.
After the storm is where we step in, we can completely restore your home after and water and/or storm damage.
Be safe, know your surroundings and after the storm passes, do the right thing and Contact your favorite restoration company!