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My Home and Thunderstorms: What Do I Need to Know?

Thunderstorms are one of the more common instances of severe weather we’ll get in the midwest. Storms begin when warm air rises in the same area where cold air is sinking--which makes late summer the perfect time of year for severe storms.

Be Prepared

Storms can (and often do) happen anytime. Follow these tips to prepare ahead of time for a storm.

Cut or trim trees - Any trees close to your house are a potential hazard. Trim long-reaching branches to prevent falling limbs from damaging your home or crashing through windows.

Install a whole-house generator - Depending on where lightning strikes, a severe storm could be a precursor to a power outage. A generator will automatically kick on to provide power to your home from an independent fuel source while your electric company works to restore your power.

Invest in surge protection - Lightning creates power surges that can destroy your electrical appliances. Investing in surge protection will protect your appliances and electronics.

Stay Safe From Potential Dangers

When discussing thunderstorms, lightning is often the first hazard that comes to mind. However, storms can bring other dangers with them such as:

  • Hail

  • Winds over 50 mph

  • Flash floods or tornados

Anyone who has been at a public pool when a thunderstorm starts has probably heard the rule of 30/30. From the first flash of lightning, start counting to 30. If you’re interrupted by more thunder or lightning, it’s time to head inside. Once you’re safely indoors, don’t come out until approximately 30 minutes after the last clap of thunder.

Electrical cords can conduct electricity, so to protect you and your electronics, unplug any corded electronics until the storm has passed. Metal pipes are also a conductor so be sure to avoid doing laundry, taking a shower, washing your hands, or any other use of your home’s plumbing.


Storms can strike at any time. The best thing you can do for your home and your family is to have a plan and prepare well in advance.

Contact All Services for any of your surge protection and home generator needs at (219) 233-2066.