March can be a time of ups and downs, drastic changes in temperature and leaving you wondering whether to dress for summer or fall. With those variations comes an unpleasant side effect--storms. The River Valley Area has been experiencing a roller coaster ride of temperatures which may drop 30° or more in a 24-hour period. We sure do need the rain, but lightning is something else again.
Lightning gives absolutely no warning and happens faster than you can blink your eye. It's nothing to be trifled with. If lightning should strike your home, there are a myriad of things that can be damaged or destroyed by the intense surge of electricity. Be safe! Nothing is fool-proof but there are a few precautions you can take to safeguard your property.
Lightning usually spreads along the ground, so if you're near an object that's struck you are definitely in harm's way. Stay indoors and away from metal objects or water. You shouldn't be in the shower or doing dishes with lightning nearby. Lightning rods on your roof will help the lightning travel to the ground quicker and will help protect your home from fire, but lightning is tricky. It can enter your home through electrical lines, phone lines, or other pathways (it will run along the path of least resistance). Unplug electronics--even if they're "grounded." Also, be aware that a surge protector is not sufficient to save your computer or television from a lightning strike. They will help with surges in electricity, but a direct strike is far too powerful for any surge protector to handle, so UNPLUG those electronics.
Air Care Systems by Price, Inc. has seen our share of what lightning can do. If you've had a close call with it, always thoroughly inspect your equipment that may have been affected. If you're afraid your heat and air system may have been exposed to a lightning strike or intense electrical surge, we'll be happy to send a qualified technician out to give it a thorough inspection for you. Just give us a call at (479) 777-2331.
You've got to love spring--warmer weather, flowers blooming, trees budding--but lightning is something else again. Take precautions and have a safe spring and summer season and, just remember, we're only a phone call away if you need us.