Want To Help Protect Your Home From Electrical Damage During A Storm? 3 Things To Know

Dangerous weather threats can happen in any location across the country. One of the most common of these weather threats is the thunderstorm. In addition to strong winds and rain, severe thunderstorms often include dangerous electrical activity that can cause injuries to people and animals and serious damage to homes and other structures. People and animals can be moved to safety, if time allows, but that is not an option for keeping homes and other structures from being damaged. Luckily, there are some actions homeowners can take to help reduce the risk of their home being damaged during an electrical storm. 

Disconnect when possible 

One of the easiest and most effective ways to offer some protection for your home's electrical system and the appliances and electronics powered by it is to choose to disconnect when a storm is imminent.

To do this, first make sure that all electronics are disconnected, including televisions, small appliances, and computer equipment. Turn off major electrical appliances like refrigerators, freezers, ranges, and laundry appliances. Next disconnect the entire home from the main power source by turning off the main breaker switch in your electrical panel. Do not reconnect to power and plug in appliances and electronics until the storm has moved safely away from your area. 

This type of disconnection must be done before lighting is close to the home in order to prevent damage and ensure the safety of the homeowner. 

Install a lightning protection system

Homeowners who routinely experience a large number of electrical storms each year should consider investing in a home lightning protection system. These systems consist of lightning rods, along with conductors, grounds, bonds, and surge protectors, to safely collect and discharge the electrical voltage of a lightning strike. 

Consider a voltage surge suppressor 

Homeowners who want to have some protection from electrical damage even when they are not at home should consider installing a transient voltage surge protector. Because this equipment is capable of suppressing the amount of incoming electricity, installing one between the electrical outlet and your electronics and computer equipment can offer an extra measure of protection, even when these items are not able to be unplugged. 

Before making a decision on how to best protect your home from electrical damage, it is wise to have an electrical inspection performed by a qualified electrician in your area. In addition to determining if a safety issue exists, the electrician can offer valuable insight and guidance on protecting your home from electrical damage. 

In some cases, homeowners may even be able to receive a discount on their home insurance premiums by taking steps to protect their home in this manner. 

Contact a company like RDS Electric for additional advice.