Lightning is an interesting phenomenon but not one you’d particularly want to experience. While lightning strikes aren’t always lethal, they can cause severe damage to your body. And the primary reason is the use of electronics during a storm. Electronics act as a conductor or a path for lightning to travel. Here’s a list of electronics that are a big no-no during storms:
I know I’m leaving you with almost nothing to do during a storm, but it’s for your own safety. Speakers are easily prone to catching fires. I’m sure you’ve seen images of amplifiers connected to guitars which just snap and burst into flames. Now imagine the same thing happening to you when you’re listening to Stairway to Heaven. That’d be ironic. But the point is, speakers amplify the power input, which makes them potential health hazards. Be very careful, with or without storms.
7. Laptops and Computers
Laptops are always in danger of being struck by lightning because they act either as a conductor or their power chords do. And it’s not uncommon to see a laptop being plugged in, especially when gaming. Try to avoid the use of laptops and especially persona computers during storms.
6. Air Conditioners
Speaking of devices which consume a lot of power, air conditioners are always prone to lightning strikes. Not because lightning would strike it directly, but because it’s the largest power consumer in the house. A surge from a lightning source could easily set it on fire and electric fires are difficult to handle, even with fire extinguisher. Word of caution; never, ever throw water on an electric fire. It’ll be the biggest mistake you ever make.
Any combination of electricity and microwaves (the wave not the instrument) is one you’ll want to avoid. Since microwaves absorb a heavy load when acting on food items, a surge could potentially cause it to explode or catch fire. Microwaves are dangerous as it is with varying effects on sealed containers. Adding explosions to the list just makes it near suicidal.
Charging ports and chargers are very dangerous, especially during a storm. If lightning strikes the arrestor in your building, it travels through the building and into the ground. If your charger is plugged in and the other end is connected to your mobile, you can kiss it goodbye. Also, try avoiding them altogether, even if it means just carrying it around.
3. Music Players
Music players are instruments of peace and tranquility, until they send a shock up your spine. In the recent past, pedestrians have reported being struck by lightning when listen to music from their music players like the iPod. It’s not anything special about them. It’s just another way for lightning to make its way down.
It’s a common trend for electronics to blow up. Televisions are prone to that because of the satellite dish. Since they’re located to high up, the chance of lightning striking the dish is much higher than any other electronic object. If it shoots through the dish, it could spell the end for your television and cause severe burns to anyone sitting nearby if the television set manages to catch fire or explode.
Mobiles are the easiest way to get hit during a storm. They are usually out or in your hands, which allows lightning to travel through them, and you, to the ground. Using a mobile phone during a storm is unadvisable. Even if you don’t die from the shock, the body part closest to your phone could be wounded. In this case, it’ll probably be your hand which is charred. So be careful when operating a mobile during rainy seasons.