Storms can come fast, and make a lot of noise. It could be your dog acting slightly “clingy” or the distant roar of thunder, but there are ways in which we can quickly recognize the impending storm. The past few days, we’ve been rocked by a few storms. Storms bring with them a series of fire dangers as well. It’s important to recognize the areas you should keep on eye on that may be fire dangers. According to the US Fire Administration, these are the biggest fire dangers as the result of a storm:
- Lightning associated with thunderstorms generates a variety of fire hazards. The power of lightning’s electrical charge and intense heat can electrocute on contact, splitting trees and causing fires.
- Pools of water and even appliances can be electrically charged.
- Appliances that have been exposed to water can short and become a fire hazard.
- Generators are often used during power outages. Generators that are not properly used and maintained can be very hazardous.
The US Fire Administration also asks us to remember:
- Always use a flashlight – not a candle – for emergency lighting.
- Some smoke alarms may be dependent on your home’s electrical service and could be inoperative during a power outage. Check to see if your smoke alarm uses a back-up battery and install a new battery at least once a year.
- Smoke alarms should be installed on every level of your home and inside and outside of sleeping areas.
- All smoke alarms should be tested monthly. All batteries should be replaced with new ones at least once a year.
- If there is a fire hydrant near your home, keep it clear of debris for easy access by the fire department.