As summer brings warm temperatures and outdoor activities, it also ushers in the potential for severe weather, including summer storms. Electricians play a crucial role in ensuring that homes and businesses are prepared to weather the storm safely.
Summer storms often bring lightning, posing a risk of power surges. Armitage Electrical recommends installing surge protectors to safeguard electronic devices and appliances.
Secure Outdoor Equipment:
High winds and heavy rain can lead to flying debris and fallen branches. Armitage Electrical stresses the significance of securing outdoor electrical equipment, such as air conditioning units and outdoor lighting fixtures, to prevent damage and potential electrical hazards.
Overhanging branches can pose a threat during storms. We advise trimming trees near power lines to reduce the risk of branches causing power outages or downed lines.
Emergency Generator Installation:
Armitage Electrical recommends considering the installation of emergency generators to provide backup power during outages.
Weatherproof Outlets and Wiring:
Ensure that outdoor outlets and wiring are weatherproof to prevent water ingress. We stress the importance of weather-resistant installations to reduce the risk of electrical malfunctions and ensure safety during storms.
Electricians advise staying informed about weather forecasts and storm warnings. Being aware of approaching storms allows homeowners and businesses to take necessary precautions, such as unplugging sensitive electronics, well in advance.
Emergency Response Planning:
Develop an emergency response plan that includes contact information for electricians and other emergency services. The blog emphasises the importance of having a well-thought-out plan to address electrical issues promptly during and after a storm.
After a storm passes, we recommend conducting thorough inspections of the electrical system. This includes checking for any visible damage, loose wires, or water ingress to address potential issues proactively.
Summer storms are a natural part of the season, but with proper preparation and adherence to electrical safety tips, the impact on your home or business can be minimised. Electricians play a vital role in implementing preventative measures, securing outdoor equipment, and providing essential services during and after storms. Call Cameron from Armitage Electrical on 1800 230 400 or submit an online enquiry here to get storm ready.