Staying storm-safe in your home

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Staying storm-safe in your home
ITS ELECTRIFYING: A bolt of lightning can strike 10 miles away from the storm Photo credit Pixabay

WITH storms forecast across the Costa Blanca over the next few weeks, check out RTN’s key safety tips for you, your pets and your home.

There are three main ways lightning enters structures: a direct strike, through wires or pipes that extend outside the structure and through the ground. Once in a structure, lightning can travel through the electrical, phone, plumbing, and radio/ television reception systems. Lightning can also travel through any metal wires or bars in concrete walls or flooring.

  • Stay off corded phones. You can use cellular or cordless phones.
  • Don’t touch electrical equipment such as computers, TVs, or cords. Remote controls are fine.
  • Avoid plumbing. Do not wash your hands, take a shower or wash dishes.
  • Stay away from windows and doors that might have small leaks around the sides to let in lightning and stay off porches.
  • Do not lie on concrete floors or lean against concrete walls.
  • Protect your pets: Dog houses are not safe shelters. Dogs that are chained to trees or on metal runners are particularly vulnerable to lightning strikes.
  • Protect your home: Lightning generates electric surges that can damage electronic equipment some distance from the actual strike. Typical surge protectors will not protect equipment from a lightning strike. Do not unplug equipment during a thunderstorm as there is a risk you could be struck.
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