Thunderstorms can be a daily occurrence during Florida’s summer months, as the state experiences thunderstorms about 75 to 105 days per year (source). During storms, there is always a chance of lightning strikes, and in 2020, Florida and Texas had the most lightning deaths. According to the CDC, Florida is considered the “lightning capital” of the country, with more than 2,000 lightning injuries over the past 50 years. To help protect yourself, always monitor the weather and follow some of our tips to minimize the risk of a lightning accident.
If you’re outside when thundering starts, seek safe shelter. Homes, offices, shopping centers, and hard-top vehicles with the windows rolled up are all safe enclosed shelters. Do not seek shelter in an un-enclosed structure such as picnic shelters, tents, or carports, and never stand under an isolated tree or use a cliff or rocky overhang for shelter. These locations put you at risk if lightning were to strike the ground as the energy flows to anyone near or under these structures.
Avoid Contact with Water
Water is a conductor of electricity, therefore, it’s best to avoid contact with water during a storm. If outside, immediately get out and away from ponds, lakes, and other bodies of water. At home, hold off on showering, using sinks, doing laundry, or using anything connected to the water pipes. If the lightning strikes your water pipes outdoors, it can conduct the electricity directly to the faucet possibly causing injury.
Don’t Use Corded Devices
Being in contact with a laptop, phone, or other electrical equipment which are plugged in with a cord can be a danger to you if lightning strikes. Any strike to your wiring system can conduct the electricity directly to your device and to anyone touching it. Damage can happen to your appliances as well, or sparks from damaged electrical devices can start a fire in your home. Using a surge protector when plugging in devices can prevent possible accidents happening to you, your belongings, and your home.
Stay Away from Windows & Doors
The windows and doors of your home contain metal which can conduct the electrical energy, same as a wired device. Avoid touching or leaning on them during a storm, as well as keeping off balconies and porches. It is also advised to stay away from concrete floors or walls which can also have metal wires or bars lightning can travel through and cause harm.
Protect Your Home
Having the proper coverage can help reduce stress and worry should a lightning strike incident occur. Keeping your family and home safe and protected is Edison Insurance Company’s number one priority. Ask your agent how they can help make sure you have the proper coverage or call us at 866-568-8922. Looking to get a quote? Visit our website to get your free customized quote now!