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Fire Hazards During Severe Thunderstorms

5/3/2023 (Permalink)

Severe thunderstorms are a common occurrence during the spring and summer months and can bring with them a number of fire hazards. Lightning strikes, strong winds, and heavy rain can all increase the risk of fires, both indoors and outdoors.

One of the biggest hazards during severe thunderstorms is lightning strikes. Lightning can strike trees, buildings, and other structures, causing fires. It's important to ensure that trees are trimmed back away from your home, and that your roof and gutters are in good condition.

Strong winds during severe thunderstorms can also cause fires. High winds can knock down power lines and cause them to spark, leading to fires. It's important to stay away from downed power lines and report them to your power company immediately. You should also ensure that your home's electrical system is in good condition, with no frayed wires or overloaded circuits.

Heavy rain can also pose a fire hazard during severe thunderstorms. If water gets into electrical outlets or appliances, it can cause a short circuit and spark a fire. Ensure that all electrical outlets and appliances are kept away from water, and that any electrical cords are in good condition.

It's important to take necessary precautions during severe thunderstorms to prevent fires. Ensure that you have working smoke detectors installed throughout your home and test them regularly. If you experience a fire during a severe thunderstorm, call 911 immediately and evacuate your home. Stay away from the fire and wait for the fire department to arrive.

By being aware of fire hazards during severe thunderstorms and taking necessary precautions, you can help keep yourself and your loved ones safe. 

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