Protect Yourself From Summer Storms Anywhere You Go | SERVPRO® of Pueblo
Gorgeous summer days do not often lend themselves to thinking about thunderstorms, but regardless of how clear the skies seem, they are something to be aware of. Humidity can give rise to thunderstorms seemingly in an instant, any of which have the ability to cause serious damage to those who are unprepared.
Staying safe, even when a storm catches you away from the house, is easier with these tips.
Stay Safe When Storms Catch You Away From Home
Know your options for shelter. If you are at home when a storm warning is issued, you can safely stay put and seek shelter in the most secure part of the house. Unfortunately, if you are running errands or traveling, you may not have this luxury. Experts have guidelines for how to shelter in your car in case of an emergency, and as long as you follow the guidance, it can be a safe place to be.
Practice electrical safety. A lightning strike can travel through a building rapidly, often using the home’s wiring system to do so. This can lead to a power surge, an event that can harm electronics and cause sparks. If you have plenty of time before the storm hits, unplugging everything is the safest thing you can do—but in case you don’t, also install surge protectors at home and at your office.
Avoid direct contact with concrete. Concrete is known for its integrity, but part of what supplies this integrity are the metal reinforcements within the walls and floor. This metal can attract lightning strikes and then disperse the electrical charge throughout the concrete—if you must shelter in a concrete structure, it is advised to not come into contact with the floors or walls directly.
Stay indoors for at least 30 minutes. When you are interrupted by a thunderstorm, you will likely want to resume whatever you were in the middle of right away. It is important to note that this is not always the safest answer. Lightning has been found to travel nearly 30 miles away from storm clouds to strike, so it is recommended that you wait at least 30 minutes before resuming an activity outdoors.
If your home sustains damage due to a storm, you can count on us to help. Contact us at any hour to learn more about our storm restoration process.