Staying Safe from Lightning
Spring has (probably) sprung, but when things get Spring-y, it can also get stormy.
While you may love the pounding rain or a sudden breeze, you probably don’t like the risk that comes with storms: lightning. Homes across America are struck regularly, making it one of the most common insurance claims we see.
That doesn’t mean you should worry! By being a little careful and thinking ahead, you can avoid danger and make sure you and your loved ones are safe. It really doesn’t take much to know what behaviors can lead to you being out of harm’s way.
Check out these great tips for staying out of harm’s way, no matter how bright the sky flashes:
30-30 — Use the 30-30 rule. If you hear thunder less than 30 seconds after you see lightning, know that it could strike where you are next.
Avoid concrete — Lightning can travel through the metal inside of concrete floors. Make sure you stay off of them.
Unplug it — Make sure you unplug electrical devices and don’t touch anything that is plugged in – even a landline telephone.
Say “No” to water — Electricity can travel through water, so avoid pipes or anything with a faucet that could conduct it.
It’s not silly to be a little cautious and stay safe during a storm. So get cozy, enjoy the sound of the rain, and enjoy one of life’s little time-outs.
Keeping your Valuables Secure
- Get a camera doorbell — These devices record anyone who comes to the front door. Most burglars try the front door first to make sure no one is home, so getting them on film helps – and deters them.
- Use a safe — It may seem extreme, but burglars don’t want to take the time to try and get into a safe. High-value items will remain there securely until you open it.
- Don’t make it easy — Most of us leave our electronics and jewelry out in the open. Hide valuables in boxes or drawers, and put your electronics away in safe places to minimize exposure.
- Schedule items on insurance — Put valuable items, with pictures and appraisals, on your insurance policy. This makes it easy to replace if something bad happens.