The First Thing You Should Always Do In A Thunderstorm

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The UK has been enjoying some terrifically hot weather over the past week but the heatwave is expected to come to a stop in style.

Weather warnings have been issued by the Met Office with thunderstorms expected to hit the country.

But if a thunderstorm hits your area, what’s the first thing you should do?

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Well, according to ThoughtCo, the first thing you should do is ‘unplug your computer’.

Lightning strikes can cause power surges that burn out home computers and monitors leaving them completely worthless.

The problem occurs when the lightning hits a power line, sending a charge which can exceed 100,000 volts down the line.

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Even an indirect hit, near a power line, can send extra voltage into your home and inflict serious damage on your PC.

But it’s not just computers at risk – TVs, your beloved Xbox or PlayStation, your phone, they could also be damaged in a storm.

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Here are five things you’re advised NOT to do in a thunderstorm:

Play golf: Open golf course + metal golf club = recipe for disaster. Don’t bother.

Shelter under a tree: If you’re already outside when a thunderstorm creeps up, rain and all, don’t think about sheltering from that downpour under a tree. Trees act as a lightning rod so standing underneath one ups your chances of getting zapped.

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Use your phone: I didn’t know about this one, oops. High voltage surges can be sent through your phone line which means you could end up with an electric shock.

Even a mobile phone used outside during a storm can attract bolts of lightning, so you’re advised not to try taking photos of the storm.

Have a bath: We all know water conducts electricity and if the metal piping is struck by lightning, being in water in a lightning storm is not ideal. Similarly, swimming outside is a no-no.

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One thing you can do, however, is get in a car.

The rubber tyres act as an insulator and so if cars are struck, the electricity will travel through the metal bodywork and safely to the ground.

So there we have it.