Make Sure You Are Prepared for a Storm Anywhere | SERVPRO® of Sunrise
If you are out enjoying a pleasant summer day, you may not be considering having any worries about the weather—but because thunderstorms thrive in warm, humid environments, an ideal summer day can create the perfect recipe for danger.
It is important to know how to seek shelter anywhere, so that way if a storm catches you off-guard, you are always prepared.
How to Seek Shelter if a Storm Catches You Off-Guard
Know your options for shelter. Being somewhere secure, such as your house or your office, when a storm is incoming is the best case scenario, as you can just wait it out in the safest part of the building. If you find yourself out and about when a storm draws near, however, it is important to know how to shelter in your car if it becomes necessary to do so.
Practice electrical safety. Claps of thunder are caused by lightning strikes, so any thunderstorm has the potential to cause lightning damage. If you are sheltering in a building, unplugging your electronics can help prevent damage from a power surge in case lightning strikes the building. Surge protectors are also a smart thing to invest in, both for your home and your office, in case you are not around when a storm starts.
Avoid direct contact with concrete. Though sheltering from a storm in a concrete structure may feel like the most secure option, make sure to avoid directly coming into contact with the concrete. The metal inside concrete buildings can attract lightning and distribute it through the walls and floor, causing a shock to anyone who is in contact with it.
Stay indoors for at least 30 minutes. When the skies clear once again, you may think you are all set to resume your outdoor activities, but it is important to wait an adequate amount of time before you do so. Experts recommend waiting at least half an hour after the last clap of thunder to head back outside, because lightning can travel extreme distances from its origin storm cloud.
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.
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