We may joke about getting struck by lightning, but it really isn’t something to joke around about. Did you know that lightning can actually reach temperatures hotter than the sun? Yep, lightning has recorded temperatures of up to 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s why it is so important to follow all safety recommendations when it comes to thunderstorms and lightning.
According to the National Weather Service, “NO PLACE outside is safe when thunderstorms are in the area!!” When it starts to storm, the best thing to do is seek shelter. Once you are indoors, however, you still need to make smart choices and take precautions. Here are some indoor lightning safety tips to help you out.
The electricity from lightning can travel through your home’s plumbing system. While a thunderstorm is happening, do not take a shower, wash your hands, wash the dishes etc…. To the best of your abilities, avoid using any water in your home during a thunderstorm. Keeping a case of bottled water around in case of emergencies is a great idea. This way you can still keep hydrated during a storm, and you have water in the event of a power outage.
If lightning were to strike your home, the electrical current from the lightning could run through to your appliances such as computers or telephones with cords. Do not use anything that directly attaches you to an electrical outlet during a storm. Cordless and cell phones are fine to use. While watching TV is a safe activity, it is still recommended to unplug these devices as any electrical surges from lightning could damage the device.
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