Electrical Safety in Storms

Severe weather can hit at any point and often without warning. According to the National Weather Service, Florida has more thunderstorm activity than any other state. Follow our tips to be sure that you and your family are staying safe during inclement weather.

Unplug Electronics

Using your electronics during a thunderstorm can pose a threat to you and to your electronics themselves. Electrical wires are conductors of electricity, which means they carry electrical currents. But the same cords that bring power into your home can also carry electrical currents from lightning. These currents can be a danger to your family and they can cause damage to your electronics.

Unplugging your electronics when they aren’t in use will save energy, but unplugging them during a thunderstorm can prevent injury and ensure your electronics and appliances are safe.

Install Whole-Home Surge Protection

If you’ve owned a desktop computer, chances are you own at least one surge protector. Store-bought, point-of-use surge protectors are a great way to protect your individual appliances and electronics from surges, but they’re typically rated to handle up to 6,000 volts—whereas one strike of lightning can carry up to one billion volts of electricity!

Point-of-use surge protection is a good way to protect your electronics, but another way you can protect your investments from electrical surges is with whole-home surge protection. Professional electricians can install whole-home surge protection to help keep your home safe from surges with little to no effort on your part.


No Job is Too Small for Luminous Electric! Contact our Bradenton electricians today to see if whole-home surge protection is the right investment for your home.

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