Safety Suggestions For Residents When Lightning Occurs In The Homeowners Association
Posted on May 15, 2017 8:00 AM by HOA Sites
Categories: HOA Website
Threatening thunderstorms accompanied with lightning are primarily an occurrence during the summer months. The HOA website rarely has information about lightning as the risk of it causing a fatality is highly unlikely when the proper precautions are taken.
Last year, less than 40 fatalities occurred in the United States as a result of lightning but there a couple of key statistics that should get all homeowners attention. Over the last 10 years, there has been an average of ten fatalities for the month of July while June has averaged seven. How does this factor into your safety as a homeowner?
Lightning Safety Tips
June, July, and August are the months with the highest potential of encountering a thunderstorm with lightning. Always take this into consideration anytime you have plans that will be happening outdoors. The easiest way to do that is to use a weather app on your smartphone or frequently visit a weather website to know the latest forecast.
If severe thunderstorms are in the forecast, change your plans to another day or have a backup plan to move inside until weather conditions improve. Hopefully you are at home when lightning strikes so you can unplug any electronics that are not being used. When it comes to electronics, a surge protector helps reduce the risk for electrical damage, but the best form of prevention is to unplug those appliances or devices.
Stay Protected In Your Home
Lightning is known to transfer a strong current to electrical outlets when it strikes and the same thing can happen to the plumbing in your home. When you hear lightning, exercise caution by postponing any action that requires the use of a faucet or shower and stay away from windows. Visit the HOA website frequently so you remain aware of the best ways to protect yourself and your home when severe weather is in the area.
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