Summer means summer lightning storms, which can damage your electrical system and ruin your appliances. Below are a few summer electrical safety tips to help you enjoy the season to the fullest. If you are worried about how your home’s wiring will stand up to the harsh weather, call Alternate Current Solutions for an electrical inspection and quote!
Install a Whole-House Surge Protector
Lightning usually hits trees and other tall objects, but it can occasionally hit homes, causing severe damage to the wiring and all plugged-in appliances. In order to protect your wiring and devices, you might want to invest in a surge protector. We recommend using a two-component device, one of which is installed at the circuit breaker, and one of which can be plugged into outlets near televisions, computers, and other expensive devices.
Consider Installing a Lightning Rod
A lightning rod is just one component of a lightning-proof system, which is a network of air terminals, bonding conductors, and ground electrodes designed to provide a low-impendence path to the ground. This directs the bolt to the ground outside, rather than through the internal wiring. You might also use a ground surge protector to disrupt the current as it moves towards the house.
Unplug Electronics During Storms
As we have mentioned, if a lightning strike hits your house, it can fry your electronics. This is why many experts recommend that you unplug your electronics and appliances during heavy storms. It’s also a good idea to keep data on your wireless devices backed up. If a storm is very severe, you could even turn off your circuit breaker.
Never Touch a Power Line
Never touch a power line with any part of your body, a stick, or any other object whatsoever. If you see a power line on the ground, assume that it is live and dangerous, and report it to your local utility company immediately. If you live with children, make sure that they understand the danger of a live power line.
Don’t Use Appliances After Flooding
If your home is flooded, do not use electrical appliances that have been wet, as water can damage the motors in appliances and cause them to become a fire or electrical hazard. If any of your devices have been wet, a qualified electrician can assess the damage and determine whether or not the item can be safely reconditioned.
Don’t Connect Portable Generators to Household Wiring
Portable electric generators can provide a good source of backup power, but can become dangerous and even deadly if installed improperly. Never connect a generator directly to household wiring. The power from the generator can back-feed along power lines and electrocute anyone coming in contact with them, including line workers making repairs. A qualified, licensed electrician should install your generator to ensure that it meets local electrical codes.
Need an Electrician in Apex NC?
Never undertake any home do-it-yourself project that involves your electrical system without first calling a professional electrician such as those at Alternate Current Solutions. Even seemingly simple jobs like installing a new light fixture or outlet can be dangerous if done incorrectly. To schedule a free inspection and quote, click here.