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Protecting Against Electrical Storms

Calgary typically has the most thunderstorms than any other city in Alberta. While it can be fun to watch the lightning dancing across the sky, electrical storms pose a very real risk to our homes and our families.

No protection systems are ever completely lightning-proof, but there are some very real things you can do to give you and yours the best chance at staying safe.


Unplug Electronics

Lightning is damaging when it uses your home’s electrical wiring system as a primary or secondary path. This can cause irreparable damage to your home by creating a highway through your appliances, putting you at risk of fire and electrocution. Break the circuit by unplugging electronic devices and appliances during a storm. In this way you can keep you expensive electronics safe from power surges.


Transient Voltage Surge Suppressors

If you are away on vacation or stuck at work, you may not be able to unplug your electronics in the event of a lightning storm. Having transient surge suppressors can help mitigate the high voltages. Have them connected to your most sensitive devices, such as computers, to limit voltage to 1.5 times the normal voltage.


Home Lightning Protection System

No one device will be 100% effective against lightning damage. Depending on your unique home, a protection system may consist of lightning rods, conductors, grounds, and surge protectors. Ultimately, an effective strategy will provide a low resistance path to safely ground the electricity from a lightning strike. Because of the interplay between these devices and your existing electrical system you will want to have professional electricians come in to assess your needs and so the installation.

As thunderstorm season is upon us, don’t forget to protect your home. For questions regarding lightning protection systems, contact your electrical professionals at Westridge Electric today. We can help you determine the best course of action for your budget, location, and needs!