During a Storm
This summer has brought countless incidents of severe weather. From hail in the Greater Philadelphia regions to a tornado in New Jersey, this summer reminds us how important storm safety truly is. The best way to be prepared is to arm yourself with knowledge.
Did you know that phone use is the number one cause of indoor lightning injuries in the U.S.?
Lightning can enter a building through wires or pipes exposed to the outside, through the ground (such as your garage floor), and from a direct strike.
Not only can this cause fires in your home, but you, your loved ones and your pets can be seriously injured. Be sure to take the following electrical safety precautions during the next storm:
Avoid talking on a corded phone
Unplug electrical equipment and cords
Stay away from concrete floors or walls (these often have metal reinforcements)
Do not use plumbing, do laundry or dishes, or wash your hands
With severe storms come power outages and the use of generators. Have a licensed professional install your home or business's generator to insure all safety precautions have been taken. The Electrical Safety Foundation International's website reminds us that carbon monoxide is a "silent killer" and a portable generator should never be operated indoors.
For more tips from the Electrical Safety Foundation International, click here.