The summer season has come with full power. When it breaks down, it is safest to stay at home, but there are also risks. You should remember this when the thunderous thunder.
The summer season has come with full power. When it breaks down, it is safest to stay at home, but there are also risks. Stock Photography.
Every year, insurance companies receive tens of thousands of claims for damage caused by thunder and lightning. The most common is that the storm causes electrical faults and destroys electronics. However, personal injuries are less common.
– All electronics are very sensitive, almost nothing is needed before it breaks down, says Johan Litsmark, specialist in natural damage at Länsförsäkringar.
Therefore, it is recommended to remove all cables to protect the electronics. However, electronics that are not connected to a wall can be used well. A laptop and a mobile phone are not a problem – if they are not burdened.
– But you can not surf because the router is connected to the network and you have to disconnect it, says Johan Litsmark.
The risk of lightning damage also decreases when overvoltage protection and residual current devices are installed. RCD switches automatically turn off the power when short-circuited and thus reduce the risk of fire.
– It is good to have working fire alarms and fire extinguishers at home, because it can lower and illuminate. We have many fires every year that caused lightning strikes, says Johan Litsmark.
However, the fire does not have to appear immediately.
"It may happen that someone will receive weak lead that is not used until the heat is turned on before winter," he says.
Cable insulation can also be damaged if lightning strikes, which can also cause serious electrical failures and fires.
Johan Litsmark also advises that after the storm you feel that it smells of smoke, and electronics sounds strange.
– And remember to check if the freezer is still working, so two days later you will not find out that all the food has been destroyed.